RNLI honours volunteer Ian

Seahouses RNLI operations manager Ian Clayton.
Seahouses RNLI operations manager Ian Clayton.

A NORTH Northumberland RNLI volunteer was among 60 people honoured at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

Ian Clayton, Seahouses lifeboat operations manager, was awarded a statuette at the RNLI’s annual North Region Presentation of Awards at York Racecourse.

Ian said: “It was totally unexpected because I don’t really consider that I have done anything exceptional in Seahouses. But it was a very nice gesture and a pleasant surprise.

Andy Clift, RNLI divisional inspector, north, said: “Ian is an extremely dedicated RNLI volunteer who devotes much of his time and energy to the lifeboat station at Seahouses.

“He has been the station’s Press Officer since 2000, took over as Lifeboat Operations Manager in 2006 and is a very committed leader of the operational team.

“A particular problem in his area is caused by people getting cut off by the tide on the causeway to Holy Island and, amongst his other roles, Ian is active in trying to promote the safe use of this causeway, and regularly gives media interviews about this and other RNLI subjects, so helping to promote the work of our charity. This award is very well deserved.”

Ian went down to the ceremony in York and said it was a ‘very enjoyable day in a very nice venue’.

Louise Barth, RNLI fund-raising and communications manager, north, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the RNLI and our annual awards ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the amazing work of those people who help keep our charity afloat.

“They could be fund-raisers, part of a lifeboat station management group, presenters who go into schools to talk about the RNLI or representatives of companies who have offered extraordinary support – whoever they are, they perform a vital service for our charity.

“The courage and commitment of the RNLI’s lifeboatmen and women is renowned but we must never forget that out crews could not perform their lifesaving role without the dedication of an army of volunteer fund-raisers and supporters who are often hard at work behind the scenes.”