'Congratulations and thanks': Readers' messages for retiring Cromer RNLI coxswain John Davies
PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:00 03 July 2018
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Readers have offered words of thanks and appreciation for former Cromer RNLI coxswain John Davies, who left the town’s lifeboat station at the end of June.
Mr Davies’ retirement came on his 53rd birthday, after 36 years of service and saving lives at sea.
Commenting on the Enjoy Cromer More Facebook page, Christine Graham said: “Enjoy your retirement John, and many thanks for your service.”
Hugh McCrory commented: “Great service John, Cromer was lucky to have you and your fantastic family.”
Nick Day said: “Congratulations on your unselfish and dedicated service John, not just yourself but your whole family who have answered the call of the ‘maroons’ for generations, enjoy your retirement although I have a distinct feeling you will still be involved somewhere along the line.”
Angie Fitch-Tillett said: “Sad to see you go. Thanks for all that you do.”
Sue Pearson said: “Remember seeing you running along the pier about four years ago shouting to a mate ‘I’m getting too old for this’! “Happy retirement John, you will be a hard act to follow, however, over the years you will have trained up so many wonderful volunteers and one of them will be just right to take over from you. Thank you for your splendid service and to all the crews who have worked with you.”
Peter McMillan said: “Congratulations John. Service above and beyond the proverbial. Enjoy your well deserved retirement. All the best mate.”
David Morris said: “Apart from all your years of service John, you were.. and still are, a first rate spokesman for the town. Always interesting, funny and direct! Well done!”
Mr Davies has crewed and skippered several RNLI lifeboats over the years – most recently the state-of-the-art Tamar class Lester.
Descended from generations of Cromer fishermen and lifeboat crew members, he can trace his roots in the town back to the early 1800s.
His great-great-great grandfather, James John Davies, who married the daughter of Cromer’s first coxswain Robert Allen, served as coxswain, as did his great-great-grandfather, his great-grandfather, ‘Old Jack’ Davies, and his grandfather father John ‘Little Joe’ Davies.