Posted by: lifeboatlady | 09/06/2012

Souvenir booklet thanks the Queen and records the deeds of many brave men

I’ve just received my copy of the RNLI’s souvenir booklet for HM 

Front cover of Diamond Jubilee booklet, pixellated and each pixel is a lifeboat or crew member

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, called “Celebrating 60 Years of Extraordinary Commitment”.

It has lovely pictures of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family with lifeboats over the years, including some excellent ones of HM The Queen Mother, and some rare and beautiful shots of the Duchess of Kent.

There are stories and pictures for each of those 6o years featuring special events in the RNLI’s history:  outstandingly brave rescues; lifeboats lost at sea with all hands;  flood rescues;  the first RNLI lifeguard to receive a medal;  and the opening of the new RNLI headquarters and later the RNLI College, and much more.   An early picture in 1954 is of the legendary lifeboatman, Henry Blogg GC, who died that year aged 71. 

Timeline in Diamond Jubilee booklet

Then inside the front cover is a timeline from 1952 to 2011 showing the picture of a lifeboat crew member who was awarded a medal for gallantry in each of those years.   (No entry for 2012 because awards will not be decided until the end of the year.)   Amazingly, in the 1970s Superintendent Coswain Brian Bevan of Humber Lifeboat Station became the first man to be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals at one award presentation ceremony.   The first was a Silver Medal for a service in December 1978 when he and his crew rescued six people during a violent storm.   The Gold Medal was for a service on 14 February 1979 when four were rescued from a cargo vessel in another violent storm, and just the next day, 15 February, the Bronze Medal was awarded to him when he and his crew spent 15 hours in a hurricane and heavy snow to escort a Romanian cargo vessel to safety.

This great booklet is a limited edition, for which there was a suggested donation of £5, (although of course the RNLI is grateful to receive larger donations for it).   I can’t find any reference to the booklet on the RNLI website.   I ordered mine at the AGM and Annual Awards Presentation in May.   But it might be worth asking the RNLI if anyone is interested.

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