We held our annual Presentation Night on Saturday - this is primarily a social evening for the team and their partners, but it's also a good opportunity to review the year just gone, to look through some slides of what we got up to and importantly to present our Coastguard of the Year award.
The Spike Williamson Award is named after a former colleague whose sudden death a few years ago robbed the team of a 'can-do' individual who went the extra mile to support the team both during incidents and outside of them. Accordingly the award is given to the team member that best demonstrates those qualities and the worthy winner for 2017 is Steve Richards.
This has been Steve's first full year with the team and in that time he has undertaken lots of training to quickly bring himself up to speed, he has attended many incidents, some of them high profile and traumatic, and he has taken our 4x4 vehicle under his wing and continues to look after and care for it.
Well done Steve, very well deserved.
Thanks also to Swanage Royal British Legion for looking after us so well on Saturday.