SEVEN volunteer Coastguards were honoured at RAF Boulmer for their long and loyal service.
Heading up the list was 68-year-old Brian Patterson, from Holy Island, who has retired after 52 years’ service to the Coastguard. Not far behind him was Tommy Douglas, also 68 and from Holy Island, who hangs up his hat after 42 years later this year.
The head of HM Coastguard Rescue Service, Peter Dymond, also presented the rarely-awarded Coastguard Long Service and Good Conduct medal to Station Officer Craig Thompson, 37, from the Boulmer team, along with Valedictory Certificates to four other retiring rescue officers – Richard Cox and Robert Dawson, both 12 years’ service, Richard Ward, 19 years, and Mark Douglas, eight years.
Coastguard Amble sector manager Paul Duffy said: “All these volunteer officers have been loyal, hard-working inspirations to both their teams and Coastguards further afield. They are a fantastic example of how our volunteers provide such a valuable and important emergency service for their communities.”