Awards handed out at Happisburgh lifeboat dinner

Happisburgh lifeboat station held its annual dinner dance and award presentation at Sutton Staithe Hotel, with 110 people attending.

An award was presented to Lyn Barford, who has stood down from running the station shop after 10 years in charge.

During that time Lyn and her team have been the top selling small shop in the RNLI. She received a signed scroll.

Jake Munday and Charlotte Siely were thanked for their efforts to raise money for their training last year. They did a sponsored parachute jump and raised �2,383.81. Charlotte also became the first female to complete a crew course at Happisburgh.

Cubitt Siely was thanked for his 33-year service on the crew, though he is still very much involved with the station as training co-ordinator.

The Kelvin Baker Achievement Award went to Christian Larter, who was voted for by the rest of the crew. The award was based on his successful progression through his training. Christian joined the crew in September 2009, completed his crew course in August 2010 and started his D-Class helm plan in April 2011, clocking up 152 hours afloat.

The sad news of the evening was that Evelyn Ford, a great supporter of Happisburgh and RNLI, had died at the age of 94. Evelyn, from Berkhamsted was instrumental in raising the money for the station's D-Class Spirit of Berkhamsted and will be sadly missed by the station.

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The raffle on the night raised �270, bringing the total for the evening to almost �600 which will go to paying for new lifejackets.

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