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12th June 2010

It is with great pleasure that we advise that our Second Coxswain Phil Shannon is to be made an MBE in the Queen`s Birthday Honours List announced today.

This is a most apt and fitting recognition of Phil`s long and outstanding service to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Sennen Cove.
Joining the lifeboat crew in the late 1960s in the `Susan Ashley`, Philip has taken part in hundreds of services from the Cove in conditions ranging from idyllic to horrendous.

Highlights would probably include the Silver Medal Services to the `Union Crystal` and the `Tungufoss`, with undoubted low point being the loss of friends and colleagues at Penlee.

Phil was in the Crew of the 37ft relief Oakley class lifeboat on that fateful night, trying to get round Land`s End in impossible conditions.

Over 40 years total dedication to the lifeboat service is a rarity indeed, and in today`s world shines out a huge example to our younger generations.

There will be uncontained merriment and leg-pulling in the Cove

`Uncle` Phil we salute you !



21st October Sandy & John Congratulations to Phil Shannon. We hope he enjoyed his day at Buckingham Palace - it was thoroughly deserved.
28 June Sarah I know if my dad was here he would have wished you congratulations, so I will on his behalf. - Sarah Vigar
22 June P M & G York
Just to add our congratulations to Phil Shannon on his well earned MBE, a good man from a good family. 
We have been coming to "The Cove" for over forty years now and have always been made to feel very welcome.  We have nothing but respect and admiration for all who those involved in missions, from launch to recovery.  Stay safe all.
21 June Ron Many congratulations Philip, from Pat and Ron Walker (ex Lafrowda).
16 June Tricia
So good.
Tricia Kings
15 June Andrew Family Congratulations Phil. May there be many more like you. We started
visiting the cove 35 years ago. Great to know chaps you like you are
there when we need you! The Andrew Family (another one)
14 June Karen Congratulations on your award, enjoy your trip to Buckingham Palace to collect it! From the Hook family in Hertfordshire.
14 June SD Torr
This is what MBE's and CBE's should be about, real people making a real difference.
Long may it continue that people like Phil are recognised for their contribution and devotion to real life changing causes.
More should be given to these type of people, and celebrities should be excluded. 
13 June Ges Congratulations Phil - Hope I never need you on the Happy Return but glad to know you, the crew and all the boats are out there!  Ges
13 June Taff Well done Phil, a much deserved recognition!

Best wishes from Taff and family, Canberra, Australia
13 June Wendy & Duncan Well done Phil,
                congratulations from Wendy and Duncan.
13 June Polly Even people in Massachusetts salute you!  Well-deserved, and restores my faith in justice!
12 June Jane Many congratulations from the Andrew family, frequent visitors to the Cove.
12 June Pat & Godfrey
Well earned and richly deserved congratulations to Phil Shannon on receiving his MBE
         Pat and Godfrey Kerswill.
12 June Lyn
congratulations on your well-deserved award.
Lyn W
12 June Bryan Phil Shannon MBE, people from around the world (and Essex) salute you for your dedication to the service and protection of humanity, Sennen and its visitors.

12 June Jim Absolutely fantastic news.

12 June


Good Morning,    
                     I first met Phil in the 70s when I was working at The Lands End Hotel. I have never met a nicer chap. Congratulations  on this award Phil it is thouroughly deserved
                                  David Walsh  
12 June Linda
Well done Philip
Linda Aizlewood
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