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Retired Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain recognised by Rhuddlan Town Council for services

Lifeboats News Release

Retired Rhyl RNLI Coxswain, now Deputy Launching Authority Peter Robinson has been presented with an award from Rhuddlan Town Council for services to the community and the RNLI.

Peter Robinson receiving award

Rhuddlan Town Council

In 1989 Peter joined the RNLI and became second Coxswain in 1993. Peter then took the helm of Rhyl Lifeboat Station becoming Coxswain from 1996 to 2010.

During his time as Coxswain, Rhyl Lifeboat Station was the busiest station in Wales for seven consecutive years, and was the busiest coastal lifeboat station in the UK & Ireland for one of those years.

Peter Said: ‘It was a total surprise and I’m very honoured to receive this award. I was born and raised in Rhuddlan, my first experience of going afloat was being picked up by 2nd Coxswain of Rhyl Lifeboat Gerald Hughes who worked with my father, and gave us a ride from Rhuddlan down the river to Rhyl. I’m very proud to have served on the lifeboat at Rhyl which serves our local community and look forward to the arrival of the new Shannon Class lifeboat next year’.

The Mayor of Rhuddlan, Cllr Gareth Rowlands said ‘It’s a great honour to present this Special Award to Peter who has given up so much of his free time for the benefit of the R.N.L.I who provide an excellent lifesaving service in the community. Recognition must also go to Mrs. Robison and his family who have supported Peter over the years.’

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhuddlan Town Council award for recognition of service.

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