Coxswain recalls his most memorable 'shouts' over 30 years
Cromer RNLI has a proud history of long-serving volunteers and coxswain Ady Woods has joined that list by celebrating 30 years' service.
And he has no plans to give up just yet.
He joined the lifeboat crew at the earliest opportunity, on his 17th birthday, but he had already been a regular visitor to the station.
He said: “I had already learned about the boat and helped to keep it clean and maintained for part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
“The reason I joined Cromer lifeboat was to help others who I may need the help of myself one day, and to give something back to the community.
“First, I joined the inshore lifeboat crew before moving onto the ALB, all-weather lifeboat.
“I continue to be a committed member of a team and am proud to be able to have served and will continue to do so.”
He has been recalling the most memorial ‘shouts’ he has been on.
The married father-of-two, who is also a window cleaner and lives in Cromer, said: “Probably the two most memorable calls would be firstly when we went to the aid of the yacht, the ‘Tange of Whitby’.
“This was on November 6, 1998 on the relief Mersey class lifeboat ‘Her Majesty The Queen’ when the coxswain Billy Davies was awarded an RNLI Vellum for the service and the crew – of which I was one – got RNLI certificates.
“The second would be when we launched the same night as when we held our ball to celebrate 200 years of lifeboats in Cromer.
“The evening had come to a finish when the alerters sounded and we launched in our dinner jackets. This was to the yacht Suli Suli which took place in the early hours of June 27, 2004 with the ‘Ruby and Arthur Reed II’ lifeboat.
“Another memorable time would be receiving my 20 years’ long-service medal from the late Richard Davies, a man who has had a great impression on my life-boating life’.
Mr Woods is one of Cromer RNLI’s two coxswains, and works alongside another long-serving crew member, Ady Barker.