Frank was born in Cullercoats. He fished from Cullercoats and North Shields from 1979 to 1989. He has been involved with the RNLI since he was a teenager and is now Deputy Launching Authority. Frank is also a member of The Coble and Keelboat Society.
Frank was interviewed by Kylea Little on 4 December 2005. The interview took place at Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat station and lasted 21 minutes and 11 seconds.
Role at the RNLI
"Started off as crew, and now Iím too old and my eyesight notís good enough to be crew, so now Iím a Deputy Launching Authority "
Started off as crew, and now Iím too old and my eyesight notís good enough to be crew, so now Iím a Deputy Launching Authority principally, so when the pagers go off my first role is to contact the coastguard and find out what the problem is, and then I contact the boathouse to make sure thereís a suitable helmsman in charge of the boat for the weather, the given weather conditions. And then when the boatís away, if thereís nobody to drive the tractor to launch the boat, Iíll drive the tractor and then I record all the radio conversations between the boat and the coastguard and any other emergency service thatís involved.
Frank has 12 memories in the memorynet: