Edward Creasy, High Sheriff of Suffolk paid an official visit to EAST on Tuesday, 18 May to present the Trust with a certificate of appreciation for its work with disabled people. He and Mrs Creasy spent the afternoon meeting a wide range of volunteers and watching boats and sailors preparing to take to the water. The High Sheriff commented that he was astounded by the enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication shown by volunteers. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, so here's six thousand words worth of pictorial evidence of the visit:
Edward Creasy, High Sheriff of Suffolk, is a keen supporter of the Trust's work.
EAST President, Bill Smith MBE, Trust Chairman Allistair Renton, Mrs Creasy and High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy outside the Waterside Centre.
The High Sheriff presents EAST Chairman Allistair Renton (left) with the certificate of appreciation, watched by EAST President and founder Bill Smith MBE.
(from L to R): Bill Smith MBE, EAST President explains to the High Sheriff the process of getting disabled sailors into the boats. Alistair Renton, EAST Chairman shares a joke with Mrs Creasy and Mary Raspin, Chairman of the Keelboat Committee. Down below Judith Hedges, Secretary of the VI Cruising section helps with getting the boats away.
Ex-Olympic racing Sonars being readied for the afternoon's activities. It turned out to be one of the better days that week!
And at the end of the day, a study in quiet contemplation. Left Mary Raspin, centre EAST Chief Bosun John Maxwell and right, Judith Hedges. All in all an enjoyable visit. Full story in the next edition of PointsEAST.