Bangor RNLI free to enjoy a wave of success
At A special ceremony in Bangor Castle, the Mayor of North Down, Councillor John Montgomery has paid tribute to the volunteer crew, fundraisers and helpers of RNLI Bangor Lifeboat.
The Station was then awarded the council’s highest honour — the Freedom of North Down.
The ceremony was attended by councillors from North Down Borough Council, volunteer crew, fundraisers and helpers from RNLI Bangor Lifeboat.
The Mayor presided over a special meeting at which the council’s Resolution to confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough upon Bangor RNLI Station was recorded.
The resolution read as follows: “That North Down Borough Council confers the Freedom of the Borough on the Bangor Lifeboat Station, Royal National Lifeboat Institution for service to the Borough.”
The Operations Manager for Bangor Lifeboat Station, Kevin Byers, then signed the Register of Freemen and received a sealed and illuminated Deed of Grant from the council.
Following the official proceedings, the Mayor inspected the Bangor Crew, before they launched the lifeboat and undertook a special sea rescue demonstration.
He then presented RNLI Bangor Station with a specially commissioned plaque and commemorative glasses made by Belfast Crystal.
In keeping with the nautical theme Kevin Byers presented North Down Borough Council with an engraved ships brass barometer and clock set.
Mr Byers said: “We wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank North Down Borough Council for their continued support and for today honouring RNLI Bangor Lifeboat with this most prestigious award.”
He added: “It is a truly fitting tribute to the commitment and dedication of the Bangor volunteer crew, station personnel, fundraisers and helpers both past and present who have devoted so much of their time and effort to saving life at sea.”
The Mayor of North Down Councillor John Montgomery said: “This award honours everyone connected with the Lifeboat Station in Bangor—the crew, station management, fundraisers and helpers.
“From 2007 Bangor has been the busiest of the eight stations in Northern Ireland. Since the foundation of the present Station in 1965, more than 100 local people have served as crew members.
“To date the Lifeboat has been launched 1,050 times, rescued 929 people and saved 170. These figures give us some indication of the very critical service our local Station provides to our community.
“I am delighted that North Down has been able to publicly show its appreciation of the work done and trust that today’s ceremony will serve to further strengthen the links between Council and the Station in the years ahead.”
DUP MLA Peter Weir said it was a privilege to be present for the occasion and added: “This is a well deserved honour and is a fitting tribute to the many years of brave and selfless service carried out by the local crew in Bangor.”