John Hanvey, Chairman of the Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station Management Committee, has been honoured for his service to the RNLI.
On Tuesday February 4, RNLI Divisional Inspector Andrew Ashton presented John with the RNLI’s Gold Badge and Certificate, recognising his outstanding service.
John joined Seahouses (then North Sunderland) Lifeboat Station as shore crewman in 1949. In 1963 he became crewman on the station’s first Inshore Lifeboat.
He was later Deputy Launch Authority until his retirement, when he chaired the Station Management Committee. His wife Mary recently retired as a volunteer in the station’s souvenir shop.
John still keeps in contact with the station, chairing meetings as required, and monitoring the All Weather Lifeboat ‘Grace Darling’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Peter Downes’.
Their son, also John Hanvey, continues the family tradition, and is Coxswain/Mechanic at Seahouses Lifeboat Station.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said: “I don’t think many of us realised just how long John had been connected with the station, and we are all delighted to see this award being made. It is most well deserved, and we owe him an immense gratitude for his dedication and support over 65 years of service.”