It was a very proud day for Fleetwood volunteers when we attended a formal ceremony at County Hall to be presented with the crystal award and commemorative parchment signed by Her Majesty the Queen. The photograph shows the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, meeting members of the station and congratulating them on their receipt of this prestigious award. There are over 8,000 registered voluntary groups in Lancashire, and Fleetwood NCI was honoured to join the handful of organisations selected to receive this accolade in 2017. The official citation made reference to the fact that our volunteers keep watch for more than 5,000 man hours each year, and reserved particular praise for our engagement with the local community. A great honour, in which every watchkeeper has taken considerable pride.