John new man for lifeboat

John Colling
John Colling

FILEY Lifeboat has welcomed a new Operations Manager.

Former Royal Navy officer John Colling has taken over from Jo Ward, who recently stood down from the position.

Mr Colling, who was born in Filey and runs the Cherries guest house in West Avenue with wife Maria, said he was delighted to have taken on the role.

He said: “I have extensive knowledge of the local coastal area, in particular the shoreline between Flamborough and Scarborough, as I have fished it regularly since I was a young lad.

“In the short time that I have held this post, I have been very impressed by the professionalism and keenness of the crew.”

Mr Colling has previous connections to the lifeboat as his grandfather was coxswain of Spurn Point Lifeboat during, and after, World War Two.

David Wilson, Chairman of the Filey Lifeboat Management Group, said he was thrilled to have Mr Colling on board.

He added: “I am extremely pleased John accepted my invitation to be Operations Manager and he brings with him a wealth of experience from distinguished service in the Royal Navy and has an extremely good knowledge of this coastal area.

“I am certain his appointment will be a great asset to the Filey Lifeboat Station.”

Mr Colling joined the Navy at 16 and served for 30 years in various appointments including Radar Operator, Seaman, Air Traffic Controller and Air Operations Officer.

He was also on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Invincible, and was responsible for getting the ship to anchor in Filey Bay during its farewell voyage. He was awarded the meritorious service medal in 2005.