Coastguard volunteers receive long-service awards

From left, Ian Thompson, Mike Bill, Craig Silk, Martin Lowe, Ian Stewart and Philip Davidson.
From left, Ian Thompson, Mike Bill, Craig Silk, Martin Lowe, Ian Stewart and Philip Davidson.

A hundred years of combined service to HM Coastguard by Northumberland volunteers was recently recognised at a medal ceremony.

Divisional Commander, Mike Bill, second left, presented long-service and good-conduct medals and clasps to deputy station officer Ian Thompson (Seahouses, 30 years, left); former station officer Craig Silk (Howick, 20 years, third left); station officer Ian Stewart (Seahouses, 30 years, second right); and station officer Philip Davidson (Berwick, 20 years, right).

Martin Lowe, third right, senior coastal operations officer, said: “The medal is awarded after 20 years and a clasp after a further 10 years. This represents a huge commitment to public service by very dedicated people and I wish to pay tribute to them for what they do.”

In Northumberland, the Berwick, Holy Island, Seahouses, Howick and Amble teams have a few vacancies and anyone interested in joining should contact the area’s senior coastal operations officers. Email area5@mcga.gov.uk