Two of Porthcawl’s RNLI volunteers celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary during August. John and Marj Abraham had a special surprise when they they answered the door at their Porthcawl home on the evening of their special day.

Unknown to the couple members of the lifeboat station, both crew and fundraisers gathered at the end of their street for the 18:00 planned knock on the door. A spokes person said, ‘To say that it was a surprise to the happy couple is an understatement’

During the brief celebration Philip Missen MBE, Lifeboat Operations Manager, presented John with a ‘Letter of Thanks’ from RNLI Headquarters for his long and dedicated service as Chairman of Porthcawl Lifeboat Station. Marj was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a card of good wishes from members of the station. She was also thanked for her years of fundraising during which time she was known to be sat out on the promenade selling raffle tickets for her renowned patchwork quilts. Her efforts were not without results as over several years she raised in excess of £70,000 for Porthcawl lifeboat station.