40 years not out for Hartlepool RNLI’s Edgar

Edgar Atkinson receives his Certificate of thanks from Hartlepool RNLI Operations Manager, Mike Craddy

Edgar Atkinson receives his Certificate of thanks from Hartlepool RNLI Operations Manager, Mike Craddy

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A LONG-SERVING treasurer at Hartlepool RNLI has been recognised for 40 years service - but he has no plans to retire from his role just yet.

Hartlepool RNLI Treasurer, Edgar Atkinson, had two reasons to celebrate at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station, in Ferry Road, recently.

Just a day after celebrating his 90th birthday with his family, Edgar was invited to the lifeboat station for a drink and a buffet to celebrate not only his 90th birthday with Hartlepool RNLI’s volunteer crewmembers and officials but also his 40 years service as treasurer at the station.

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager, thanked Edgar for all his hard work, “diligently and precisely performed over 40 years” and presented him with a certificate of thanks plus a model of his favourite aeroplane, a De Haviland Mosquito - a squadron of which Edgar served with during the war.

Edgar said: “I have enjoyed my time immensely with the RNLI and it has been a pleasure to be part of such an organisation with such good lads and lasses who give up their time for free to help save lives at sea.”

Officials say he plans to keep on with his work as Hartlepool RNLI treasurer for many years to come.