All shipshape for lifeboat station visit

Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, (Centre) along with Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers and Officials outside Hartlepool Lifeboat Station
Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, (Centre) along with Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers and Officials outside Hartlepool Lifeboat Station

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon has made a return visit to Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station.

Mrs Snowdon performed the naming of Hartlepool RNLI’s new Atlantic 85, Solihull, on June 13 this year, but on that day there wasn’t time to visit the lifeboat station.

On her return, she was met by Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager, Mike Craddy, who showed her around the lifeboat station and told her about the station’s history.

She also met volunteer crew members, members of the Enterprise fundraising branch and management officials.

The Lord Lieutenant was taken out into Hartlepool Bay on the all-weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch.

Mrs Snowdon said: “It is an absolute privilege to be here and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The nicest thing about doing this job is meeting people like the RNLI who serve the community and I thank you for what you do. It is incredible and people should realise what you do and how you serve the community.

“It is good to know that each member of the crew is a highly trained, committed, dedicated volunteer, dedicated to saving lives at sea. Thank you for the amazing service you provide.”

She added: “The first Lord Lieutenant of County Durham was appointed by Henry VIII and part of the duties was to form a militia if there was a threat to the monarchy. That task is still part of my duties to this day. So I am sure I can count on Hartlepool RNLI to form part of my Navy.”

Mr Craddy said: “It was nice to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham to Hartlepool Lifeboat station and good to see her again after she named our new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in June.”