Archive for June, 2011

An M.B.E For Longest Serving Member In H.M. Coastguard

Friday, June 17th, 2011

For those of you who follow our “Ship’s Blog” it is nice to see that an article that was “breaking news” here on our website a couple of months ago (see “Raging Seas” ) about our unassuming but one of lifes gentleman, islander Brian Patterson who was a deserving recipient of an M.B.E. made public in the Queen’s birthday honours announced last week on the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June.

Interviewing Brian on the morning the wonderful news broke, Brian said “when I recieved the official letter, you could have knocked me down with a feather, I was speechless!” Brian said that he knows he owes a big thank you to Ian Mills and Ryan Douglas , coastguard members, who were instrumental in sponsoring Brian and putting forward the nomination for Brian’s M.B.E.

Brian has given public service to the coastguard for 52 years and although retired from the service still continues to be an importanty member of the island’s community by driving the island’s children to Lowick when the mainland is accessable, caretaker at the Holy Island school plus keeping the islands grass looking tidy, giving it a weekly cut. He says it’s his weekend intake of John Smiths at The Ship that helps to build up his energy reserves!

So the next big thing for Brian to look forward is to go to Buckingham Palace to receive his M.B.E. from the Queen. Brian will be taking his wife, Annette, plus daughters Anna and Karen. Of course for a very special occasion like this Brian is off to the tailors for his made to measure suit and more importantly, Annette has forewarned Brian that his bank balance maybe a little lighter as Annette makes plans for that very special outfit, which for the number one lady in his life, there is no argument!!

We wish you well Brian and enjoy that once in a lifetime special occasion, you deserve it, well done!

A Pint To Clebrate Brian's MBE - Left to Right: Jimmy Middlemiss, Brian (seated centre) Andrew, landlord, behind Brian and Freddie Holt celebrate with a pint!

60 And Not Out!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Days go by into weeks and weeks add up to years. I am sure at some point in our busy lives we look back and can’t quite believe where time has gone! And so the big day came up so quickly when Andrew, owner of  The Ship Inn, Holy Island Northumberland reached that milestone of 60 years. This short blog is just to extend a big thank you to family and friends who made 13 May 2011 such a special day and in particular, also to give a big thank you to our staff at The Ship Inn who held the business together which enabled Andrew & Janice to get away to York Races and celebrate such a special occasion. Waking up on the morning of the 13th you look back with many fond memories, many happy and some sad, but most importantly still here and achieving 6 decades. A few more grey hairs, less dark hair, a senior citizen rail card, free prescriptions, but most importantly, life goes on. Thanks to Janice, my lovely wife, children, Jo (her lovely book of memories was so touching) Lisa and Matthew plus a great brother Karl for surprising me with a professionally bound red book of “This Is Your Life…. So Far” which was the emotional “icing on the cake!” Finally a big thank you to Jane & Kenny Noble owners of Ate O’clock Restaurant, Ousegate, York who dida fantastic job, as we understand how taxing it can be to do in one hit 24 meals and no two the same . so all in all a great day and thanks to one and all.

Andrew & Janice York Races 13 May 2011