Special awards at lifeboat crew dinner

Mark Colley (right) is presented with his long-service award at the lifeboat crew’s annual Christmas dinner (photo by Seb Cope)

A SAFE, sound and efficient year was how the man at the helm of the RNLI in Lyme Regis described 2019 at the crew’s annual Christmas dinner on Saturday night.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks reported that, so far this year, the volunteer crew had answered 32 calls for help and held 40 training sessions, which he described as “no mean achievement”.

Some 60 crew members, their family and friends attended the dinner at the Harbour Inn. Special awards were made to helm Mark Colley, who has completed 20 years voluntary service with the RNLI, and former crew member Mark Gage for 15 years service.

The much-coveted award for the person voted crew member of the year went to helm Tom Crabbe. Tongue-in-cheek awards also went to Tom Wallis who won the Bent Propeller Trophy, and two crew members were voted Tractor Drivers of the Year – John Cable and Garry Gibbs.

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