Whitby RNLI volunteers save the day for wedding couple

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers Ian and Ally took on a rescue of a different kind when a couple appealed for two witnesses on their wedding day

Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day

Ian and Angie Jowitt from Barnsley were planning to secretly get married in Whitby when they realised they needed two witnesses to sign the register.

As supporters of the RNLI they decided to get in touch to see whether any of the volunteers at Whitby could help.

Volunteer Ally Brisby was first to put her hand up as being from Barnsley herself originally she thought it was simply meant to be, and publican Ian Taylor agreed to go along too.

The pair attended the couples wedding, and made the day official by signing the register as their witnesses. They then spent some time with the pair at the lifeboat station and at Ian’s pub the Endeavour.

RNLI volunteer Ian said “We had a fabulous day with the couple, we thoroughly enjoyed the wedding ceremony and it was an honour to be their witnesses. Also thank you very much to the pair who kindly offered to make a donation to the RNLI”

The newly married couple Ian and Angie said: ‘They were amazing people, fabulous hosts and become friends forever. RNLI saved our day and made it simply wonderful.’



Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day
Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day
Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day
Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day
Whitby RNLI volunteers Ian Taylor and Ally Brisby act as witnesses for Ian and Angie Jowitt on thier wedding day

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