Life savers celebrate milestone event

Evesham Journal: The team when they provided safety cover for Top Gear. The team when they provided safety cover for Top Gear.

A GROUP of life savers that form the largest inland Lifeguard Club will be marking the 40th anniversary of the club that provided their important training.

The South Worcestershire Lifeguards and Lifesaving Club was formed in 1974 and they will be celebrating the milestone at an event on Friday, July 25.

Throughout its life time the club has provided training for local people, who have in turn saved the lives of people during their everyday lives.

One member, Alex Griffin, hit the Journal front page in 2012 when he rescued a 10-year-old boy who was floundering in the sea after being caught in a deadly current.

The South Worcestershire Lifeguards assistant instructor, who was 15 at the time, was surfing in Bude, Cornwall, during a family holiday when he spotted the youngster struggling.

The club has provided safety cover for the Top Gear crew when they filmed scenes on the River Avon and was also the first volunteer group to be recognised on the National Asses register after the introduction of the flood rescue unit .

Adrian Mayhew, vice chairman and member for 30 years, said: "We are enormously proud of the achievements by the club and its members.

"We are aware of dozens of incidents where members training has saved lives through their actions in day to day lives.

"None of this would have been possible without the foundations laid 40 years ago and all those that have played their part along the way.

"To witness the dedication and commitment of so many that help make us the largest inland Lifeguard Club in the country is special."

The celebration dinner will take place at Wood Norton Hall and there will be old photos and videos of previous events and a chance for all current and past members to gather socially.

Anyone that has played a part in the development of the club during the past 40 years who would like to attend should contact Roy Amphlett by email at royamph@sky.com.

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