Yesterday Scarborough's RNLI held an event to mark the handing over of the 'old' to the 'new' Lifeboat Operations Manager. The old LOM Tom Fox seemed quite pleased to hand over the reins to new LOM John Senior.
Also invited was Paul Boissier RNLI chief from Poole (http://rnli.org/howtosupportus/getinvolved/Volunteer-zone/Pages/Voluntee...) who is pictured with local RNLI and former Rowing Club stalwart carrying the flag for Scarborough.
A reception was held upstairs for crew and lifeboat members followed later in the evening by a party, presumably catered for and hosted by John Senior who has several eating establishments in the town, indeed his wiki page seems regularly updated and he seems an all round decent kinda chap: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Senior
Having worked with Tom Fox (Leader of Scarborough Borough Council - http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/mgDeclarationChangesPrintView.aspx?n...) in organising and supporting Scarborough's very successful Armed Forces Day it would seem that the handing over of the Lifeboat's reins would be a mere formality and Tom's resignation as LOM will be marked by some as a sad day but as they say as one door closes another one opens .... John Senior is also Chair of the South Bay Traders Association and a listed director of the Scarborough Business Ambassadors (http://scarboroughbusinessambassadors.org/) & (https://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/scarborough-business-ambassadors) who now have approval for the £ 10 mil for the Scarborough Business Academy.
Anyhow I managed to have a few quick words with the new LOM, John Senior, about any plans for the future of the RNLI , more immediately about the demolition of the lifeboat house. Though a demolition date had been heard to be set for 17th November this was still to be confirmed. John was keen to note the six Scarborough Lifeboat Crew members that had sacrificed their lives whilst trying to save others and that a proper ceremony to remember those would be held before the demolition took place. Plans were still in progress. Also the Rememberance Sunday service 11/11, in recent years had been transferred from Oliver's Mount to the Life Boat House and John seemed confident that this would go ahead this year as usual and that they should be able to get this in before the demolition took place. I was also interested in salvage and memoriabilia belonging to the Life Boat house and asked if this would be auctioned off to raise funds. John seemed to think as much of this would be recycled as possible but no formal plans had yet been made. I did ask John for a statement regarding the demolition and any plans that the public could get involved with he was clearly very busy and whilst he came accross as slightly vague about the whole 'demolition' process I do appreciate he was very busy and he has promised to keep me, us, and the public updated.
I also managed to chuck one in about the Yachting Club vacating the Lighthouse to accommodate HM Coastguard etc but John had no knowledge of this and referred to a Yachting Club member who said it was news to him ... so it must still be just a rumour then.
Anyhow back to the lifeboat - this will be kept in the water within the harbour when the Lifeboat House is closed and until the new station is built and yes those green bits are really to be made of copper ... the plans don't do the design justice.
So, its out with the old and in with the new ... and well done John Senior for taking on this important role. Lifeboat Operations Manager. Oh and fare thee well Tom Fox who is keeping in the hot seat at Town Hall.
TBH I haven't got a clue what yesterdays shindig was about but it all looked too exciting to ignore. No doubt the Scarborough News will be reporting on it soon.
Wonder where this little beauty will finally end up:
Oh and btw are there any female crew members in Scarbados?