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Top Award for Dorset's Coastwatch

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7:39am 6th June 2012

Watchkeepers at Dorset's four National Coastwatch Stations have been given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

It's the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK and recognises outstanding work in local communities.

The four stations in Dorset to receive the honour are Peveril Point, Burton Bradstock, St Albans Head and Portland Bill.

Geoff Peters Station Manager of Portland Bill NCI, who headed the bid for the QAVS, said,

"It is great news for the Dorset NCI Stations and most importantly recognition for the

volunteers, not forgetting those people who backed our bid and made it possible, I feel so proud."

MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSITUTION STATIONS:

NCI was founded in 1994 to support HM Coastguard by keeping a visual and radio watch along the UK's shores. Its members play an essential role in the network that keeps Britain's coast and inshore waters safe for commercial and recreational users, watching for any problems or potential dangers and reporting them to the Coastguard. NCI receives no money from government or other official sources and relies entirely on contributions from the public.

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