MEMBERS of Barrow’s lifeboat were honoured with special awards to recognise more than 90 years of combined service.

Royal National Lifeboat institute crew gathered for an awards presentation night that saw some of the longest serving volunteers thanked for their service.

Former coxswain Alec Moore was presented with his award for an incredible 50 years’ service to the RNLI.

During that time, he has been said to have held virtually all the crew positions on board the Barrow lifeboats.

Today Mr Moore continues his involvement with the Barrow RNLI by being part of the shore crew team and also acting as a deputy launch authority.

He was not the only member of the team to receive an honour on the night.

Awards for 20 years’ long service were also presented to Dave Johnson, a shore crew team member, and lifeboat crew member Alan Cleasby.

Chris Clouter, Barrow RNLI spokesman said: “It’s a fairly unique occasion to be able to celebrate over 90 years’ service to the RNLI in one presentation.

“Alan and Dave have been reliable and dedicated crew members during their time with the RNLI and long may that continue.

“Alec’s 50 years’ of life saving service to the Barrow Lifeboat Station is the perfect example of the extraordinary levels of commitment shown by our volunteers.

“The RNLI family extends congratulations to all three for their tireless work.”

The RNLI is the charity which saves lives at sea.

Mr Clourt added: “In order to do this we rely on our volunteers whether they help by being a part of the boat and shore crew teams, or assisting with operations, management and fund raising at the Barrow Lifeboat Station.”

Nationally, 95 per cent of RNLI people are volunteers.