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Burry Port RNLI Operations Manager receives a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifeboats News Release

At the recent South Wales Evening Post Community Awards presentation ceremony, held at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Roger Bowen, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Burry Port was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lee Fox

Roger Bowen with his Lifetime Achievement Award

The award was presented by Behnaz Akhgar, the BBC Wales weather presenter, in front of a large audience. Roger was up against some very stiff competition, the other nominees being composer/conductor Sir Karl Jenkins, and comedian Colin Price.

Roger joined the Burry Port team in 1982, as a 17 year old, and became a helmsman in 1988.

Moving up to Deputy Launching authority in 2009, and in 2012 took on the role of Lifeboat Operations Manager at a difficult time in the Station's history. He was awarded the RNLI Silver Badge for his service to the Institution in 2015

Alun Wells, Deputy Launching Authority and Press Officer said, ''Roger is the driving force at the station, he has seen through some difficult times, but has fought through to see the station with a highly competent and capable crew, and through to the eve of a new chapter at Burry Port RNLI, with the New Lifeboat Station due for completion at the end of 2018.''

Crew Chairman Lee Fox, who originally nominated Roger for the award, said ''The Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute for all his hard work and dedication, which is well known in the local community, and throughout the RNLI.''

Amanda Fox

Roger Bowen with Behnaz Akhgar and Lee Fox

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