LLANDUDNO lifeboat’s first female helm has retired after 14 years service with the RNLI.

To mark her retirement Sue Davies received the official RNLI framed certificate of service marking her extraordinary record and expressing the thanks of the trustees of the RNLI. The certificate was presented by Captain Marcus Elliot the operations manager at Llandudno.

Sue started volunteering in Trearddur Bay when she lived on Anglesey in 2005. She said: “The team there were fantastic in introducing me to the sea and the RNLI as I had no experience whatsoever”.

After three years, Sue moved to a new house in Llandudno and transferred to the Llandudno team where she was quickly absorbed into her new RNLI family. Sue became a helm on the inshore lifeboat a few years later, the first female helm at Llandudno.

Sue remembers her strangest call out was rescuing a little dog who'd fallen off the Orme but was miraculously unscathed.

Sue added: “The best period that I had was when I lived next door to the old lifeboat station in the town and so was the first to arrive at every shout no matter what time.

“Sadly it's now time that I leave as a crew member, as being the mum of two active little boys and with a busy job as assistant head at St David's College, it is impossible to offer the level of commitment that I know is required to serve on the boats”.

Sue said she has always been happy to make visits to lots of schools and clubs to educate young people into the dangers of the sea and the work of the RNLI and will continue with the education side of things when school groups are visiting the station. “Being a teacher, this is something that comes naturally to me and allows me to still be a part of the RNLI family that has been so important to me over the last 14 years”.