#lifeboat – A combined total of 360 years service to the Royal national Lifeboat Institution by twenty members of the Bangor Lifeboat Station was recognised at a presentation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.
The recipients at RNLI Bangor Lifeboat join many other RNLI crew members around the UK recognised by her Majesty as she celebrates sixty years on the throne.
The criteria for the award of a medal was for an individual to have served five or more years and be in service on 6th February 2012 (The anniversary of the Queen's succession to the throne).
The medals were presented by Lady Sylvia Hermon, in recognition and thanks of their continuing commitment to front line emergency rescue services.
During the evening David Pim was presented with the RNLI's 30 years long service bar and Kevin Baird was presented with the RNLI's 20 year long service medal.
The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to David Pim, Kyle Marshal, Ewan Scott, Tommy Burns, Kevin Baird, Michael McKenna, James Gillespie, John Bell, David Eccles, Joanne Heasley, Steven Carson, Andrew Gedge, Scott Harkins, Connor Lawson, Gareth Whan, Peter Scott, Alison Stobie, Darren Byers, Gavin Mitchell and Kevin Byers.
Two crew members could not be present for the award evening. Timmy Lee was awarded the RNLI's 20 year long service medal and Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mervyn Kinney was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Kevin Byers, Bangor Lifeboats Operations Manager said: 'The medals acknowledge the dedication, obligation and duty the crew undertake in carrying out their task of saving life at sea. It mustn't be forgotten that this is also an acknowledgment and gratitude to the crew's families and employers for the support they also provide behind the scenes.'