EYEMOUTH lifeboat coxswain George Walker handed over the pager that has been such a large part of his life for the past 38 years at 12 noon on Saturday, and began his retirement as a member of the crew.
The occasion was marked by a joint exercise with the Berwick all-weather lifeboat. George’s final task was to bring the Eyemouth lifeboat back into harbour watched by family and friends.
A celebration followed in the lifeboat station and George’s exemplary record of service to the RNLI and his dedicated service with the volunteer crew was acknowledged by the Divisional Inspector of Lifeboats for Scotland, Waveney Crookes.
George has held numerous positions within the Eyemouth lifeboat crew, and his final seven years were spent as coxswain.
Mr Crookes said to George (also known as Tudor): “I would like to formally thank you for 38 years of voluntary service.
“You joined immediately you reached the minimum age of 17 years and have served without a break until the normal retirement age for an all-weather crew member.
“That is a rare achievement.
“You responded to your pager at all times of day and night throughout the year, in all weathers and sea conditions, including new year’s day 1996 and Christmas day 2003.
“You experienced challenging weather at sea on many occasions and following the silver medal service to divers in hurricane-force notherly winds on October 6, 1990, you were awarded the ‘Thanks of the Institution on Vellum’.
“You received formal letters of thanks on several occasions, amongst them a director’s letter of thanks for the service on February 16, 1997 to the Mayflower V, during which winds reached force 9 gusting 10. A letter of thanks from the skipper of the Mayflower V was published in ‘The Lifeboat’, in summer 1997.
“I am sure that you retain many happy memories of your time with Eyemouth lifebaot and I hope that you are duly proud of the number of lives saved when you have been on board, as confirmed on the coxswain’s certificate of service which you will receive in a few months.
“Very well done.”
“Thank you for everything you have done to help Eyemouth lifeboat and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to save lives at sea.”
The RNLI will be holding an official retirement party in September where George (Tudor) will be presented with his complete service record covering his 38 years of service with the RNL
Everyone at Eyemouth lifeboat station wishes George all the best for his well-deserved retirement.