Raging Seas Always Deserve Respect & Brian Patterson Celebrates 52 years!!!

The month of January was relatively quiet after the raging blizzards that brought heavy snows for most of December. And then as we entered February we were reminded that Winter still has us in its grip. Towards the end of last week the winds reached gale force proportions with Friday reminding us, here on the island that the seas deserve to be respected. Gale force 10′s hit the island whipping up the harbour into something like a simmering witches cauldron in turn closing the causeway road 1 hour before the tide closure time published. Our local fishing fleet anchored in the harbour and surrounding bay were tossed around like matchwood, but fortunately weathered the storm which finally abated in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Holy Island coast guard were called out a number of times over the last few days and as always provided an excellent service to those in distress.

And so we move on to the final chapter in this blog update and cannot fail to mention one particular coast guard member who from information The Ship Inn has been given has now served as the longest UK member in the coast guard voluntary service. This accolade goes to Brian Patterson who joined the coast guard at the age of 16 on 6 February 1959. Brian, a regular at The Ship Inn is one of life’s “nice gentleman” . Unassuming, he visits The Ship Inn every Sunday and never misses. Along with his island friend, Jimmy Middlemiss they always enjoy a pint or two sitting on their favourite stools and help towards making a pleasant atmosphere every Sunday lunchtime. Andrew & Janice and all the staff at The Ship wish Brian good health and happiness for many years to come!

52 years in the coast guard joined 6 Feb 1959

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