MBE for ‘unique’ landlocked lifeguards who patrol Cold Knap

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The volunteers of the Rhondda (Cold Knap) Lifeguards are celebrating after being presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the MBE for volunteer groups.

Presenting the award on behalf of The Queen was the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Mrs Kate Thomas and also in attendance was the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, who nominated the Lifeguard Club for this prestigious award.

Receiving the award were club president and founder member, Les Lewis and chair, Mavis Ward. Also in attendance from Mid Glamorgan, was the Vice Lord Lieutenant Roy Noble, Garry Meredith and Mary Squire.

The Rhondda Lifeguard Club is fairly unique in the UK, because it was formed in the land-locked Rhondda Valleys, some 20 miles from the sea.

They have been in existence for 55 years, 50 of those at the Knap and during that time they have rescued 111 people.

On July 6 on a sunny evening at the Knap, members of all ages from the Club gathered for the presentation.

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