4th April 2017. The High Sheriff of Dorset, Sir Phillip Williams called in to the NCI Lyme Bay Station at Burton Bradstock last week ‘escorted’ on his visit by the station’s Secretary Judy Clarke.
Sir Phillip was very keen to learn of what the duty Watchkeepers did, what equipment they had to help them, how the station was administered and how the station fitted into the national network of NCI stations around the coast of England and Wales. Luckily David Glossop was on duty and, as he is the NCI’s General Secretary, he was able to explain about the national organisation and the fact that there are now 51 NCI lookouts around our coast.
After spending nearly three hours in the lookout, Sir Phillip left after acknowledging the work that the 2,300 volunteers around the country do to help the safety of people using inshore waters. He hopes to be in Charmouth on June 10th to attend the formal opening, by Sir Oliver Letwin MP, of NCI’s first Satellite Station which is ‘owned’ by NCI Lyme Bay.
The photograph shows Judy Clarke and Sir Philip Williams in the NCI Lyme Bay lookout.