Friends of President win Marsh Team Volunteer Award

Nick Haynes, chairman of Friends of President and Irene de Boo, head of collections at the Black Country Living Museum being presented with the Marsh Award by the Princess Royal. PHOTO SUPPLIED

NOW in its seventh year, the Marsh Volunteer Awards recognise outstanding volunteers in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK.

The awards were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Corporation of Trinity House, London, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.

The Marsh Team Volunteer Award was presented to the Friends of President for their efforts in operating and maintaining President and Kildare. The team received a prize of £1000.

National Historic Ships UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of maritime heritage around the UK coasts, lakes, and rivers, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering, or by operating them and encouraging the public to go on board at festivals and events.

The Individual Award went to Bob Irvine, a volunteer on HMS Unicorn, who was named as the 2017 Marsh Volunteer Award winner and receives a prize of £500.

The Engaging with the Public Marsh Volunteer Award was presented to Peter Dolby of The Endeavour Trust for his work on The Endeavour. He received a prize of £500.

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust was presented with a Special Commendation Award and receives a prize of £500.

The Marsh Volunteer Awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust.