MBE for John

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KNOTT End coastguard John Bradbury has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Mr Bradbury, 58, joined the coastguard service in 1972, and was promoted to station officer in 1985.

Commenting on the honour, the citation of which was "for services to the emergency services," Mr Bradbury said: "I don't just see this as an honour for me, but for all the team."

He has played a key role in testing mud rescue equipment and was part of the coastguard team which responded to the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy in February 2004.

Mr Bradbury has been a regular public speaker in the area for several years, giving talks on marine and related safety issues.

One of his main roles within the coastguard agency has been training.

He holds many certificates including the Royal Yachting Association's senior sailing instructor/sailing master, the RYA's offshore and yacht ocean masters qualification.

He has taught at Fleetwood Nautical College on topics including boat building, small boat sailing and Royal Yachting Association courses.

He also taught hundreds of children at weekend courses at the nearby Knott End sea centre until its closure five years ago.

His full-time job is as head of technical studies at Fleetwood High School.

Mr Bradbury is married to Ruth, a mobile chiropodist. Their two sons have followed their father into the service.

Andrew, now a first officer in the merchant navy, was a coastguard from 1997 to 2004, while younger son Adam, has been a coastguard since 2002.