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Cromer lifeboat station announces ‘new era’ as it appoints two new coxswains

PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 12 July 2018

Ady Woods (left) and Ady Barker (right) have been appointed as joint coxswains. Photo: Paul Russell

Ady Woods (left) and Ady Barker (right) have been appointed as joint coxswains. Photo: Paul Russell

Paul Russell

A Norfolk lifeboat station has begun a new era by appointing two long serving crew members as joint coxswains.

Ady Barker, one of the newly appointed coxswains at the Cromer RNLI station. Photo: Paul RussellAdy Barker, one of the newly appointed coxswains at the Cromer RNLI station. Photo: Paul Russell

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station in Cromer saw the departure of the eighth-generation lifeboatman John Davies from the role earlier this month.

And now the station has announced Mr Davies’ replacements and its intention to “move into a new chapter”.

Long serving lifeboat crew members Ady Barker and Ady Woods share almost 50 years of service with the RNLI between them, after working their way up through the ranks from crew to coxswain.

They will share duties as coxswain for the all-weather lifeboat Lester as well as helming the inshore lifeboat and supporting the station’s work.

Ady Woods will share the role of coxswain at the station. Photo: Paul RussellAdy Woods will share the role of coxswain at the station. Photo: Paul Russell

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A spokesperson for Cromer RNLI, which has been operating since 1804, said: “Cromer RNLI is moving into a new chapter of its life, doing things differently, with two coxswains.

“Both Mr Barker and Mr Woods are keen to continue promoting the role that the RNLI in Cromer has in the local community and to build on these foundations, whether helping the local fishermen or the wider public.”

Tributes were paid to Mr Davies when he left the station at the end of June after 36 years of service spent crewing and skippering RNLI lifeboats, as the eighth generation of his family to have served on the lifeboats.

John Davies, fisherman and former coxswain of Cromer Lifeboat. Picture: CHRISTAYLORPHOTO.CO.UKJohn Davies, fisherman and former coxswain of Cromer Lifeboat. Picture: CHRISTAYLORPHOTO.CO.UK

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Mr Davies said: “The crew have been my family for the last 30 years. I’ve seen these lads grow up and flourish and I will enjoy watching them take over the reins.

“The lifeboat has been in Cromer for over 200 years and we are merely custodians of it at a certain time.

“It will carry on for years long after we’ve all gone.”

The Cromer RNLI all-weather Lester lifeboat, pictured at the lifeboat day. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe Cromer RNLI all-weather Lester lifeboat, pictured at the lifeboat day. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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