A special presentation ceremony has been held by Amble RNLI to mark the retirement of a local doctor, who gave invaluable service to the charity over many years.
Dr Alan Fraser recently stepped down from the volunteer role of lifeboat medical adviser.
He held the post for the past 18 years.
As medical adviser he was responsible for the crews’ medicals and for providing first-aid and scenario training.
During a rescue which requires a medical evacuation, he would also be present on the crew.
Dr Fraser, who has now retired from general practice, took over the RNLI post from Dr Paul Creighton, who is now also retired.
Dr Fraser’s place has been taken by Dr Kathleen Long, who is a general practitioner at The Coquet Health Centre, Amble, as were all the other volunteer doctors before her.
The presentation and ceremony to Dr Fraser took place on April 19.
The chairman of the Amble lifeboat management team, Malcolm Pritchard, presented the RNLI Certificate of Service and a painting by local artist Jimmy Thompson of The Four Boys, which is Amble’s all-weather lifeboat, to Dr Fraser during the course of the evening.
Rodney Burge, who is Amble lifeboat operations manager and ex-lifeboat coxswain, and has served with Dr Fraser, said: “During Dr Fraser’s long association with Amble lifeboat he had proved to have been of great assistance.
“Although the post of medical adviser does not appear as high profile, in relation to the crew of the lifeboat, his service and that of all medical advisers is invaluable to the lifeboat crew and the RNLI.”