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Duke of Kent pays a visit to north Northumberland

HRH the Duke of Kent. 
Photo Ben Parsons

HRH the Duke of Kent. Photo Ben Parsons

RNLI president, the Duke of Kent, visited Berwick lifeboat station and toured the Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh yesterday.

He presented Joyce Ross from Berwick RNLI Ladies’ Guild with a silver badge for more than 14 years of tireless fundraising and support for the charity.

His Royal Highness was on a two-day trip to Northumberland, having visited lifeboat stations in Blyth and Newbiggin on Tuesday and Craster on Wednesday morning.

In his role as RNLI president, The Duke of Kent makes annual visits to a selection of RNLI stations.

He met volunteer crew and fundraisers and learned more about their vital work. He also received a behind-the-scenes tour of each boathouse and viewed the lifeboats.

He also presented RNLI awards during his visits. Paul Armstrong, volunteer Helmsman at Newbiggin RNLI, received an award for 20 years of dedicated service to the charity that saves lives at sea.

Elsie Holgeth from Blyth RNLI guild received a gold badge in recognition of her dedication to fundraising, which has seen her raise thousands of pounds for the charity since joining the guild in 1977.

Martin Browell, volunteer Helmsman at Craster RNLI, received an award for 20 years of dedicated service to the RNLI.

Andy Clift, RNLI regional operations manager, said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent took a real interest in each volunteer and their individual roles within the charity. It meant a great deal for them to be able to meet him.

“It was also fitting that His Royal Highness presented the special awards to the volunteers. It seemed the perfect way to thank them for their dedicated service.”

 

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