Service recognised

PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

TWO founding members of Exmouth's National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) have been rewarded for their loyalty and dedication. For the last 10 years, John Langford and Peter Cobban have headed for the NCI tower on Exmouth seafront, climbed the ladder to the

TWO founding members of Exmouth's National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) have been rewarded for their loyalty and dedication.For the last 10 years, John Langford and Peter Cobban have headed for the NCI tower on Exmouth seafront, climbed the ladder to the small blue door above and patiently trained their sights on the sea and shore - ready to report any emergencies.Exmouth station manager Bill Nash presented the men with long service awards in recognition of their work, service and commitment to Exmouth's sea and beach users.Mr Nash said: "There are 36 NCI stations manned around the British coast. One of the first to be opened was in Exmouth in June 1988, organised and staffed by just 12 people."Peter Cobban has invaluable experience of boat handling and has consistently contributed in helping newer members joining with his experience."John Langford was one of the first station managers at Exmouth NCI and was instrumental in opening the NCI branch in Teignmouth."As well as working and supporting the NCI, John is also paramount with Exmouth Sea Cadets and other local organisations."l The NCI is looking for volunteers to help man the tower. For more details contact Hamish Cumming (01395) 260349.

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