The RNLI Council has amde an award to Mr Dallas Taylor, Deputy Lifeboat Launching Authority, and a member the Blyth Lifeboat Station Management Group, in recognition of his many years of voluntary work.

Dallas Taylor has served some 40 Years for the RNLI at Blyth Lifeboat Station, in various capacities. When Dallas joined the crew he served on the D Class lifeboat and crewed the Blyth Lifeboat ‘Winston Churchill’. Then during his years of service he became 2nd Mechanic.

It is interesting to note that Dallas started his voluntary service with the RNLI as a crewmember of the D Class lifeboat, the fastest class of lifeboat at that time and a class of lifeboat that, alough updated, is still in service today.

During his years as a crewmember he has received 2 vellum awards. In 1982 along with other members of the crew Dallas received a bronze medal fore a service rescuing 3 men from a trawler in a force 10 gale. The other award was, along with other crewmembers, for rescuing people from a shipwreck. In 1991 Dallas was also awarded a long service medal.

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Dallas now serves as a Deputy Launching Authority for Blyth Lifeboat and also a Sea Safety Advisor on the North East Coast. His son Mark Taylor is following in his father’s footsteps as an RNLI crew member with Tynemouth All Weather Lifeboat.

Dallas said “I am pleased to have served the RNLI at Blyth for 40 years and to work alongside the dedicated crew”.

Mr D Taylor will be formally presented with his award at an event to be arranged later this year.