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Date: 23 May 2015

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Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat volunteer Tony Edwards awarded an RNLI Gold Badge

Volunteer Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station was awarded the RNLI prestigious Gold Badge on Thursday, 21 May at the Barbican, London.

Tony joined Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station in 1982, serving as a member of the crew and becoming a RNLI Lifeboat Helmsman. After 11 years he came out of the lifeboat and became a member of the Operations Team as a Deputy Launching Authority in 1993; a position that he continues to hold today.

Steve Tollett, Station Branch Chairman at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: "On behalf of everyone here at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to express our most sincere congratulations to Tony on his award of the RNLI Gold Badge".

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