AN ACCOLADE was posthumously awarded to a former lifeboat crew member.

David Mottram served as a part of Rhyl lifeboat crew since the 1960's, and then moved to Llandudno where he kept up his fundraising efforts at both stations.

David served on the shore crew at Rhyl despite having walking difficulties from a young age.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of the RNLI and volunteered his services to help launch and recover the lifeboats at Rhyl. He was also very active on the fundraising side, and was made a vice-president of the Rhyl branch more than 10 years ago.

He could often be seen shaking the collecting boxes at many events in the Rhyl, Llandudno and surrounding areas of North Wales.

A spokesperson for Rhyl RNLI said: "David had been nominated for his 60-year service medal before Christmas 2020, but he sadly passed away. After consultation with the RNLI at Poole headquarters, it was agreed to award the long-service medal posthumously. The medal duly arrived and was delivered to Peter Dean, chair of the Rhyl fundraisers.

"The medal and service certificate was handed to David's son Anthony at a special presentation in front of Rhyl lifeboat station.

"Due to Covid rules, the presentation took place outside, in front of the doors of the station."

David died on December 23 2020. He was aged 92-years-old. He was husband to the late Heather Margaret and father to Dawn and Anthony.

He was said to be great influence on young men joining the crew and fostered their volunteer spirit.