Popular Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard retires after 11 years service
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards bid farewell to a popular member
of their group on Friday evening (June 22nd) who has retired from
Long-serving Burnham Coastguard member Dave Ilsley, pictured
centre, has retired after 11 years of active duties.
than 100 friends from Burnham Coastguards, BARB and the RNLI attended
a special party at Burnham Sailing Club to mark his retirement.
Regional Coastguard Coastal Safety Manager Peter Mizen and Burnham
Station Officer Steve Bird were among those present who praised
Dave for his constant enthusiasm and dedication to the role over
A letter from Sir Alan Massey, Coastguard Chief Executive, was
read out during the evening when Dave was thanked for his "great
efforts and dedication".
Sir Alan wrote: "I thank you very sincerely for your great
team efforts as you retire from the service. You have done great
work and I am genuinely grateful to you on behalf of everyone
in our agency."
Dave told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am very proud to have been
a part of such a great team over the past 11 years. It's been
a privilege to be a Coastguard and I thank everyone for their
support and good wishes."
Dave, who is joining BARB as a volunteer crewmember, also received
a Jubilee Medal on Friday from Burnham's Mayor Ken Smout, as pictured,
to mark his service to the emergency services in recent years.