Happisburgh lifeboat station celebrates busy centenary year

Happisburgh lifeboat awards - Dawn Phenix receives her award from Philip Smith (riguht) and Rob Ferg

Happisburgh lifeboat awards - Dawn Phenix receives her award from Philip Smith (riguht) and Rob Ferguson - Credit: Archant

Happisburgh lifeboat station looked back on a busy milestone year at its annual awards and dinner dance.

Happisburgh's two current lifeboats in action

Happisburgh's two current lifeboats in action - Credit: Archant

In July the station celebrated 100 years of continuous service and received a Vellum of Service from the RNLI.

VIP visitor to the station, actess and TV programme presenter Penelope Keith. Picture: Chris Radbu

VIP visitor to the station, actess and TV programme presenter Penelope Keith. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A new coastal safety team, giving safety advice to beachgoers and boat users, was also launched in the summer.

Dawn Phenix received Vellum of thanks from the RNLI for her fundraising work.

She also won the station's own achievement award, which is decided on by all the volunteers, for her hard work.


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As well as the general fundraising, she has also done the station administration for the past 10 years, and coordinated the annual lifeboat day, which has raised more than £15,000 in the past three years alone.

During the year Cedric Cox received the RNLI Gold Badge for his 47 years of service to Happisburgh Station.

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The RNLI asked the station to provide the colour party for the RNLI standard at the National Service for Seafarers held at St Paul's Cathedral, with Tim Grimmer, Cubitt Siely and Tony Phenix performing the honour.

The crew launched seven times during the year.

August saw the station's lifeboat day start with a real-life call-out instead of the display demonstrations - and the day was a big success raising £5,000 in just four hours.

Also in August a film crew from More 4 visited to make a program called Hidden Villages working with Penelope Keith and the station was able to showcase the work of the RNLI.

The crew volunteers not only man Happisburgh lifeboats.

Jake Munday gave up his Boxing Day night to man Gravesend lifeboat and he also mans Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat when he is at work in the area.

Charlotte Siely who is at University Plymouth, mans their lifeboat. It enables these crew members to keep up to date with their training but also learn new skills.

Other 2014 highlights saw Charlotte Siely become a D-Class boat helm and Christian Larter became an Atlantic Helm.

Looking forward, a new souvenir shop due to open at Cart Gap before Easter.

Just under a hundred people attended the dinner dance held at Sutton Staithe Hotel. The night also raised £619 for the RNLI.

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