Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Old timers

Being a reasonably small community, crew who have retired from the Lifeboat service tend to stay in touch. Seldom is the boathouse open and there is not an old crewman hanging around. Some volunteer as boathouse attendants and are there to show the public around, some just pop in for tea and biscuits whenever they pass. Either way it is great to have them around. Sometimes to share war stories old and new and sometimes just to reflect on the exigencies of the service.

The photo here shows Chris Haw, past coxswain and local dentist chatting with Mike Bonfield, ex station mechanic. Both retired from the boat at about the same time after many years of distinguished service but still maintain a keen presence around the boathouse. All part of the family.

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