Prestigious-Civic-Award-for-RNLI-New-Brighton-Lifeboatman

Byline: John Earp, the longest serving member at New Brighton lifeboat station, received ‘The Wirral Award’, for his outstanding and distinguished service to the people of Wirral at a ceremony conducted by the Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis.
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John’s
lifeboat career started in 1973 when the then current New Brighton
lifeboat ‘Norman B Corlett’ was moored in the river and was being
replaced by the new carriage launched semi-rigid Atlantic 21 high
performance fast response lifeboat along with a new lifeboat station.
John
was a local yachtsman and member of Wallasey Yacht Club and was
appointed by the RNLI as a Deputy Launching Authority. In this
position, one is the first contact for the Coastguard when a lifeboat
is requested to launch to a casualty. As John coordinated and oversaw
many of the early rescues with, B-509, the new lifeboat. He was also involved
with the continuing modifications, plus launching and recovery trials
with the new vessel, which eventually were adopted by the RNLI.

He was also the main
organiser for the subsequent new lifeboat and boathouse naming
ceremonies. During those years he also supported many fundraising
efforts particularly the running of regular Lifeboat Dances at the
Riverside Restaurant and Hotel Victoria.

Continuing as a
valued Committee Member, and now a Lifeboat Management Group member,
he has held the position as Lifeboat Visits Officer for that last 4
years. In that position he has organised visits to the station by
many school, scout/cub groups, and adult organisations, also
overseeing the Storm Force Rally for local young RNLI supporters, all
with unbelievable and boundless energy and commitment.

John, currently
President of Wallasey Yacht Club, is also involved with their youth
training program, His membership of Rotary and tireless efforts
organising the Wirral Show is also well known. John was selected to
lunch with Her Majesty and Prince Philip at the Floral Pavilion
during the Diamond Jubilee Visit to New Brighton.

Frank
Brereton Chairman of RNLI New Brighton commented ‘ John has been a
stalwart of the station for the last 40 years and this award is well
deserved. Its also appropriate as this year sees the 40th
anniversary of the introduction of the B Class Atlantic series of
rapid response lifeboats. The work John and his colleagues did in the
early days of its introduction has proved really beneficial to the
RNLI and the 100 plus lifeboat stations now operating this type of
rescue craft.’

The Wirral Award, is
an annual event organised by Wirral Council who seek nominations for
and confers civic recognition upon individuals or organisations
resident or located in Wirral, for an outstanding achievement or
distinguished service to the Borough, this year five people received
the award.

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Notes to Editors:

Photograph:

John Earp and the
Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis with certificate

Certificate Wording:

‘For long and
dedicated service to New Brighton Lifeboat Station and the Wallasey
community. With grateful thanks on behalf of the Council and the
People of Wirral’

Wirral
Awards – see link

http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/council-and-democracy/civic-recognition-and-awards

In
January RNLI New Brighton station celebrated its 150th
Anniversary during which time they have saved 1235 lives.

Lifeboat
Station website: http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk/

RNLI
Media Contacts

For
more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton
Volunteer Press Officer on 0151 200 7965 – mobile 0784 765 8922 –
email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations
Manager North on 07786 668912

Byline: John Earp, the longest serving member at New Brighton lifeboat station, received 'The Wirral Award', for his outstanding and distinguished service to the people of Wirral at a ceremony conducted by the Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis.
Page Content: John's lifeboat career started in 1973 when the then current New Brighton lifeboat 'Norman B Corlett' was moored in the river and was being replaced by the new carriage launched semi-rigid Atlantic 21 high performance fast response lifeboat along with a new lifeboat station. John was a local yachtsman and member of Wallasey Yacht Club and was appointed by the RNLI as a Deputy Launching Authority. In this position, one is the first contact for the Coastguard when a lifeboat is requested to launch to a casualty. As John coordinated and oversaw many of the early rescues with, B-509, the new lifeboat. He was also involved with the continuing modifications, plus launching and recovery trials with the new vessel, which eventually were adopted by the RNLI.

He was also the main organiser for the subsequent new lifeboat and boathouse naming ceremonies. During those years he also supported many fundraising efforts particularly the running of regular Lifeboat Dances at the Riverside Restaurant and Hotel Victoria.

Continuing as a valued Committee Member, and now a Lifeboat Management Group member, he has held the position as Lifeboat Visits Officer for that last 4 years. In that position he has organised visits to the station by many school, scout/cub groups, and adult organisations, also overseeing the Storm Force Rally for local young RNLI supporters, all with unbelievable and boundless energy and commitment.

John, currently President of Wallasey Yacht Club, is also involved with their youth training program, His membership of Rotary and tireless efforts organising the Wirral Show is also well known. John was selected to lunch with Her Majesty and Prince Philip at the Floral Pavilion during the Diamond Jubilee Visit to New Brighton.

Frank Brereton Chairman of RNLI New Brighton commented ' John has been a stalwart of the station for the last 40 years and this award is well deserved. Its also appropriate as this year sees the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the B Class Atlantic series of rapid response lifeboats. The work John and his colleagues did in the early days of its introduction has proved really beneficial to the RNLI and the 100 plus lifeboat stations now operating this type of rescue craft.'

The Wirral Award, is an annual event organised by Wirral Council who seek nominations for and confers civic recognition upon individuals or organisations resident or located in Wirral, for an outstanding achievement or distinguished service to the Borough, this year five people received the award.

END

Notes to Editors:

Photograph: John Earp and the Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis with certificate

Certificate Wording: 'For long and dedicated service to New Brighton Lifeboat Station and the Wallasey community. With grateful thanks on behalf of the Council and the People of Wirral'

Wirral Awards – see link
http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/council-and-democracy/civic-recognition-and-awards

In January RNLI New Brighton station celebrated its 150th Anniversary during which time they have saved 1235 lives.

Lifeboat Station website: http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk/

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on 0151 200 7965 - mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912