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A committed Lifeboat man, Nigel Roper, was awarded the Freedom of Chichester Harbour in recognition of his work.
Nigel has been an active member of the RNLI since 1977, and became Honorary Secretary of the Hayling Lifeboat Station in 1996. Out of 235 Stations within the RNLI Family, Hayling Island is normally within the busiest 5% of coastal Lifeboat Stations. The present Station is one of the largest and best equipped Inshore Lifeboat Stations on the coast.
Nigel started sailing out of Bosham at the age of five. During his sixty years of sailing he has been an active member of the harbour community in many guises, including being a past Commodore of Hayling Island Sailing Club, a past Vice-Commodore of Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club, and currently the Vice-Chairman of the Friends of Chichester Harbour. He has also served on the Federation Week Regatta Committee since 1979, for 23 years as a Race Officer, latterly as the Safety Officer, and is also part of the CHIMET and Cambermet Support Group.
Nigel retired as Lifeboats Operation Manager of the Hayling station in April 2011 and since then has gone on to work with the charity 'Friends of Chichester Harbour'. Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said, 'Nigel is well respected throughout the harbour by his crew, the clubs, yachtsmen, and Friends, for his support of both the boating and local communities. The Conservancy wanted to recognize his longstanding contribution by awarding him the Freedom of the Harbour.
Freedom of the Harbour is awarded by Chichester Harbour Conservancy to either individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Harbour and its community.