Bill was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He served in the army in Germany, Sudan and Korea from 1950 to 1955. He came to live in North Shields in 1955, married and moved to Cullercoats in 1957. Bill helps with fundraising for the RNLI and maintains contact with retired RNLI crew.
Bill was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
Changes at the RNLI
"Well, Iím fortunate enough to have come to Cullercoats before everything did change"
Well, Iím fortunate enough to have come to Cullercoats before everything did change, when they had a big lifeboat, you know, and it was, used to pull it out by ropes, they pulled the trailer out by ropes and it ran down a ramp and then they put a tractor behind it and pushed it into the sea. Iíve seen big changes from them, from the two or three big boats that theyíve had, and the equipment the lifeboatmen wear. We used to fire the rockets to call the lifeboatmen - now theyíve all got pagers and they can be there in minutes.
Bill has 8 memories in the memorynet:
Bill's memories with a Community theme:
- Getting involved with the RNLI
- The Cullercoats Community Centre
- The importance of the RNLI
Bill's other memories: