Sidmouth Lifeboat crew bid Noel farewell

Final farewell from Sidmouth Lifeboat volunteers to stalwart helper

FIFTEEN lifeboat crew and volunteers stood outside Sidmouth Lifeboat Station on Thursday to pay their final respects to one of their own.

Noel Barwick’s funeral cort�ge drove along the Esplanade and past the lifeboat station for the last time, before driving to Exeter for a private cremation.

In the afternoon a service of thanksgiving took place at Sidmouth Methodist Church.

Noel, who died at Holmesley Nursing Home, aged 90, soon became involved with Sidmouth Lifeboat when he moved to Sidmouth in 2001.

He built up a group of volunteers to form a support team, which enabled the lifeboat station to be open to visitors more frequently.

“His enthusiasm and dedication helped to create the high reputation, which the Sidmouth Lifeboat now enjoys and is a great testimony to his memory,” said lifeboat trustee Freddy Wedderburn, whose wife Jean is Noel’s sister.