|Bill Clarke receives his Bronze Badge from Phil Coulter.||Neville Latham receives his award from Phil Coulter.||Anne Gray receives her Silver Badge from Phil Coulter.|
THE RNLI has recognised Lisburn and Dunmurry volunteers during their annual awards ceremony at Queen's University. Almost 50 volunteers and supporters from across Northern Ireland were recognised for their role in raising funds and awareness for the charity. The guest of honour was well-known musician and composer Phil Coulter. Anne Gray from Lisburn Branch received a Silver Badge. Anne has been a member of the branch for 12 years, holding the post of flag day organiser in Lisburn and most recently taking up the post of treasurer.
Bill Clarke" also from Lisburn Branch" was awarded a Bronze Badge. Bill has been involved with the branch since 2000. In 2004 took on the role of assistant secretary and in 2005 started on his current role of branch secretary.
Neville Latham from Dunmurry branch received a Certificate of Thanks. Neville officially joined the committee of the branch in 1995.
The Grent Trust received a Scroll of Thanks. The Trust is a charitable company which has supported the Lisburn Fundraising branch for the last eight years. The trust chooses a number of charities to support and the RNLI thanks them for their ongoing support.
Before handing out the awards Phil Coulter paid tribute to the volunteers and recounted his own involvement with the RNLI. Phil wrote the famous lifeboat anthem Home from the Sea" which is now sung at every lifeboat naming ceremony in Ireland. He was also instrumental in setting up the Lough Swilly lifeboat station in Donegal after losing his brother in a drowning accident.