AN RNLI mechanic has spoken of his delight after being invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Hartlepool RNLI station mechanic, Gary Waugh, will travel to London on Tuesday, June 10, in recognition of his loyal service to the RNLI.
Gary joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as a volunteer lifeboat crewmember at Crimdon Dene Station back in 1990 and served there until it closed in October 1993 and he was then asked by the coxwain at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station, Eric Reeve, to join the crew there.
During his service with Hartlepool RNLI Gary trained to be an assistant mechanic and eventually was appointed full time station mechanic in December 2002.
Gary also qualified as helmsman on the inshore lifeboat and in 2003 began training as assistant coxwain on the all weather lifeboat and took up the roll of 2nd coxwain during 2004.
Proud Gary said: “I started with the RNLI as a volunteer and now I get paid for a job I would do for nothing. My time with the RNLI has been a fantastic experience and I come to work every day with a smile on my face.
“The crew and officials at Hartlepool RNLI are second to none and a fantastic bunch and we all get on so well, it’s like a big family. It’s a great honour and I feel very humble to be asked.”