An organisation known as ‘the coast’s best kept secret’ has been rewarded with a Queen’s honour equivalent to an MBE.
Lincolnshire Coastwatch which has stations in Mablethorpe and Skegness were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a special awards ceremony held last Tuesday.
This joint honour for both stations recognises the hard work and dedication that is put in by this service which solely relies on volunteers and charitable contributions.
Keith Arthey, press officer at the Mablethorpe Coastwatch Station is delighted with their recent award.
“To receive an award that is equivalent to an MBE was a proud moment for us,” He said.
“We are being referred to as one of the best kept secrets in Lincolnshire and to receive this accolade is an honour.”
Around 150 volunteers and dignitaries attended the awards ceremony at the Bacchus Hotel in Sutton on Sea including the Mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, Coun Bernard Dobbs, Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson and the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, to name but a few.
Keith added: “We have only been set up in Mablethorpe since 2009 and we in situe at Mablethorpe’s North Beach and we believe our presence here has made this end of the beach a lot safer for residents and visitors, with the amount of incidents being reported here decreasing.
“We are the eyes along the coast, our eyesight is our key tool in our thesis to spot, plot, report and respond.”
Mablethorpe Coastwatch are always on the look out for volunteers to join their ranks, whether you are male and female, but a good eyesight is required.
Enquires about volunteering can be made at their station located at the Seaview car park in Quebec Road. The team there always welcome visitors.