Caister memorial service remembered lifeboatmen lost ‘on duty’

Caister Lifeboat memorial

Caister Lifeboat memorial - Credit: Archant

More than 200 people gathered at Caister Lifeboat station to remember for former coxswain who died during a tragic accident.

Stalham Brass

Stalham Brass - Credit: Archant

Roland 'Benny' Read died as a result of a maroon accident while calling out the lifeboat crew on September 1, 1991. He was 60 years old.

In the act of remembrance, candles were lit by descendents, relatives, crew members and representatives of organisations connected to the saving of lives at sea, to also remember his 19 predecessors at the lifeboat station who gave their lives attempting to save others.

Stories of courageous rescues by Caister crews were recounted and a Eulogy to Benny was read by former coxswain Dick Thurlow and present coxswain Paul Williams.

The service finished with the poem 'Caister Men Never Turn Back' read by lifeboatman Andrew Turner, and singing of the hymn 'Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms of Life', accompanied by Stalham Brass Band.

The service, on Thursday, last week was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Tim Thompson, assisted by Donald Peers, lay preacher for Caister Methodist Church.

For details, about Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service, call secretary Derek George on 01493 377015 or 07979 086981.

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