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.
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
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/
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