Bridlington RNLI lifeboat station welcomes anniversary scroll

Bridlington RNLI volunteer crew (l-r) Ash Traves, Richard Dunk, Jo Cook, Joy Marrison and Steve Emmerson
-Credit: (Image: RNLI Mike Milner)

On Saturday 1 June, Bridlington RNLI volunteers were delighted to host the RNLI's 'Connecting our Communities' relay event, a celebration marking the charity's 200th anniversary in 2024.

The scroll, containing the RNLI pledge, was warmly received by not only the volunteer crew but also many locals and numerous visitors. Currently touring the UK and Ireland, the scroll made its way through the East Coast region, welcomed into town by a lone piper from the East Yorkshire Pipe Band and volunteer RNLI Helm, Jason Stephenson, who acted as a standard bearer.

They were closely followed by the volunteers from Bridlington RNLI, walking from the harbour to Bridlington RNLI lifeboat station where it was further received by members of the Harbourside Harmony Choir.

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Upon reaching the lifeboat station, the scroll was signed by representatives of Bridlington Lifeboat volunteers. The signatories included Steve Emmerson (Operations), Ash Traves (Water Safety), Richard Dunk (Management), Jo Cook (Retail) and Joy Marrison (Fundraising).

Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Steve Clarke expressed his pride and pleasure at receiving the Scroll at Bridlington Lifeboat Station. He said that Bridlington RNLI Lifeboats have been saving lives at sea for over two centuries and have had several boathouses over the years in Bridlington, until settling at their current location in 2017.

"Over the past 200 years, there have been numerous changes as we keep up with innovation and technology. However, our core values as volunteers remain unchanged, as does our commitment to saving lives at sea.

"I am extremely proud to be a part of the RNLI volunteer crew at Bridlington as we connect our communities and celebrate the bicentenary as an organisation."