Veteran RNLI volunteer up for Pride of Hartlepool award

VETERAN volunteer Edgar Atkinson is still going strong after almost 40 years of backing the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The treasurer of the Hartlepool branch of the RNLI will reach his 90th birthday this September, but his enthusiasm for the role has never dwindled.

Edgar Atkinson

Edgar Atkinson

His fantastic support has won him a nomination for a Pride of Hartlepool award, but modest Edgar, from the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, said: “I do it because I feel lucky that I am still fit and healthy.

“I am still active. I still play golf and I like a game of snooker.”

Edgar, a Yorkshireman from Driffield, was in the banking profession in his working days. His job took him all over the country and he eventually came to Hartlepool in 1972 to become the manager of the Nat West bank.

Three years later, he was treasurer of the town branch of the RNLI after being invited to join the management committee.

Edgar, a father of two, grandfather of two, and great grandfather of two, said he loved the RNLI because of the “great banter” with everyone involved in the organisation.

He was nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award by town resident Malcolm Wallis who said: “He has been awarded a gold medal and bar for his services to the RNLI.

“As he approaches his 90th birthday, he shows no signs of slowing down or retiring. Long may he continue.”

Edgar is also treasurer of Hartlepool Cricket Club where he also won an awarded for his services.

We have already had a fantastic response to this year’s competition and it is going to be a tough task for the judges to choose an eventual winner.

But we want more to make this the best entry list ever – and you now have until early April to get involved. Edgar joins a fantastic list of entrants for this year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition.

We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.

It could be anyone from 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud. You have until April to put forward your favourites.

Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, or visit and complete the online entry form.