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In memory of former Berwick RNLI Helmsman

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick RNLI present a seat in memory of former Helmsman Billy Shearer to his daughter Heather Dickson.

Pictured with Berwick RNLI Heather Dixon presenting a seat in memory of her father Billy Shearer.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

In memory of former Berwick RNLI Helmsman

Billy was former Helmsman at Berwick lifeboat station and recipient of the Bronze RNLI medal for gallantry, after rescuing a yachtsman from an upturned yacht in 1975.

Billy was well known in the community and also served for some years as an Auxiliary Coast Guard at Berwick. Latterly he held the post as a Local Training Coordinator and Deputy Launching Authority for Berwick RNLI.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Cowan said: 'It was lovely to see Billy's daughter Heather Dickson, down at the station again. It is a fitting gesture for his family, where Billy spent so much of his time helping save lives at sea. There will be many a yarn spun whilst the crew sit on this seat, always with fond memories of Billy who loved a crack.'

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Former Helmsman Billy Shearer

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