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As we move towards the end of March 2018, it is with a certain amount of pride that I blog about a man I am proud to call a friend! Allen Frary, is about to retire from his long held position, as Coxswain/Mechanic at the RNLI lifeboat station at Wells-Next-The-Sea in west norfolk, UK. He & his crew are credited, with saving the lives of 49 people during his illustrious career, all of whom I am sure are tremendously grateful! Allen has been involved at the station for more than 40 years. He is a very well known figure in Wells, originally earning his living as a fisherman out of the towns harbour, for many years previously. Attaining the position of town mayor as well as town council chairman among others. The man has a magnificent sense of humour and has spent many hours making people laugh and joined in on more than a few 'pranks' with fellow crew members and staff alike. He has passed on his knowledge of many skills and traditions over the years, to new and old crew alike. When he retires he will be moving up to the west of Scotland to a house he has recently purchased, with his partner. I, along with MANY others wish them all the success and happiness in there new life away from Norfolk. Allen, you will be missed by many and I would like to say what a privilege it has been to support you and your station over the past decade and I look forward to seeing you again sometime in the not too distant future. Farewell and safe passage sir.