Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat crew were overjoyed after being presented with Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Nine of the team were given the special accolade by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field in a special ceremony held at the Newhaven lifeboat boat house.
The event, which saw Newhaven Lifeboat honourable secretary Mike Tubbs take on the role of master of ceremonies, saw both the coxswain, Paul Legendre and second coxswain, Lee Blacknell, among those who were honoured.
Phill Corsi, assistant mechanic and RNLI Relief Coxswain; Nick Gentry, navigator and training officer, Shaun Thomas, navigator; Chris O’Conner, crew, Robert Parker, assistant mechanic; Gavin Butcher, assistant mechanic
and Alan Novis, navigator and press officer.
The whole Newhaven lifeboat crew were inspected by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex who congratulated the crew, their families and the fundraising team for the important role they play in saving lives at sea.
Service Certificates were presented by Air Commodore Simon Falla CBE DSO RAF to past crewman Lol Deakin and Chris Bird. Alan Dempster received a bronze badge for his fundraising work.
Two long service award badges were presented to past coxswain, Ian Johns and Lol Deakin, past mechanic.
Paul Legendre was presented with an Operations Director letter of thanks for a service in 2011 where he showed considerable skill when positioning the lifeboat alongside a damaged vessel in choppy conditions to help rescue an injured woman.
Alan Novis said, “I think everyone was delighted to receive the award as a bit of recognition.
“It was a really nice ceremony and the Lord Lieutenant and Air Commodore were very nice and interesting people to talk to.
“It was a good family day.”