Hartlepool lifeboat’s Eddie gets second Royal award

RNLI treasurer Eddie Atkinson.
RNLI treasurer Eddie Atkinson.

THE treasurer of a rescue charity has received his second Royal award.

Hartlepool Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) treasurer Eddie Atkinson is delighted to have been given the accolade, once again, from the Duke of Kent.

The 88–year–old received the latest award for his outstanding services to the RNLI at Hartlepool.

Eddie, who was handed a Gold Badge for 30 years service as treasurer of the town’s RNLI eight years years ago, was back at the Barbican Centre in central London to receive a Bar to his Gold Badge.

The citation read out at the presentation said that Eddie received this award for his immaculate record keeping all done with a smile and a great sense of humour.

Eddie, who is originally from Driffield, East Yorkshire, and moved to Hartlepool in the mid 70s with his job as a Natwest bank manager, told the Mail: “This is a very proud moment for me to receive this award.

“It was nice to see the Duke again.”

And Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations manager said: “Eddie is a great guy to have around the boathouse and his quick wit and banter keeps the volunteer crew members on their toes.

“He doesn’t let them get away with anything, especially financially.”

He was asked to be treasurer at Hartlepool RNLI by Jimmy Atkinson, who was chairman of Hartlepool Management Committee, and whose business JT Atkinson and sons Limited was a customer of Eddie’s.