Lifelong RNLI volunteer Trevor Holland made Honorary Citizen of Skegness

A lifelong RNLI volunteer has been made an Honorary Citizen of the Lincolnshire coastal town where he grew up. Trevor Holland’s commitment to Skegness Lifeboat Station is a story that spans decades and he now joins his father Ken Holland RNLI Coxswain as an Honorary Citizen of the town.

Skegness Town Council has recognised residents for dedication to the town since the 1970s. There have only been 16 Honorary Citizens throughout the years and Trevor Holland is the third Skegness RNLI crew member to receive the award.

He was presented with the award in the RNLI’s 200th anniversary year. Trevor was born into a family deeply rooted in the lifeboat station’s history. His father, Ken, and older brother, David, were involved in the Skegness Lifeboat as well as his grandfather, Bert, who was a launcher at the station after returning from the First World War .

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Trevor said: “I would like to thank the mayor and town council for granting me this honour. As a person born and bred in Skegness this means a tremendous amount to me. I join the list of esteemed names of those who have gone before, most of whom I know or knew.

“The recognition of service to Skegness Lifeboat Station is quite apt, this year being the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Skegness Lifeboat Station has always operated with the support of the town’s people and council.

Trevor and his father Ken
Trevor and his father Ken

“Indeed over the years several councillors have served as crew, names such as Ken Holland; Michael Clarke; Billy Brookes; to name a few. I would quickly like to thank my wife Paula who has put up with me disappearing for hours on end at the most inopportune of moments.

“All my colleagues and friends at Skegness Lifeboat Station, both past and present, who have supported me over the years, in our ongoing TEAM efforts of saving lives at sea.”

Trevor also recalls his father Ken’s advice to “Never turn your back on the sea”.

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