Yesterday North Down Borough Council bestowed the freedom of the Borough upon Bangor RNLI. As someone who grew up in the town I’ve occassionally seen the boats launched down the years. I’ve had friends whose fathers or themselves have crewed the boat, as well as others who have been rescued by them.
In the 45 years of the RNLI’s presence in Bangor lifeboats have launched 1050 times, rescued 929 people, and saved 170 lives.
All RNLI crews are volunteers and for a seafaring and coast loving nation along with the coast guard they do operate as a fourth emergency service. They survive on the kind generousity of the general public and the donations that they make.
Bangor’s Lifeboat Operations manager Kevin Byers said ahead of yesterday’s ceremony and reception at the Town Hall in Bangor:
“We wish to publicly thank North Down Borough Council for their continued support and for honouring RNLI Bangor Lifeboat with this prestigious award.
“It is a truly fitting tribute to the huge commitment and dedication of the Bangor volunteer crew and station personnel both past and present, who have devoted so much of their time and effort to lifesaving at sea.”
The men who have crewed the boats in all sorts of weather have truly earned the freedom as well as the appreciation of the Borough and many more from further afield as well.