THE long-standing chairman of Swanage Lifeboat Station has stepped down after 17 years volunteering for the RNLI.

Peter Forster, who has served as chairman for the last nine of those years, previously volunteered a boathouse attendant at the lifeboat station, showing visitors around, and alongside his late wife, Jan, at the lifeboat shop.

Chris Kenny has now taken on the voluntary role of chairman.

In March 2011 Peter was elected as chairman and led the Swanage Lifeboat Station through many events, including the fundraising appeal for the town's new lifeboat station.

A Swanage RNLI spokesman said: "We are lucky in Swanage to have a great number of volunteers, but even luckier to have volunteers such as Peter who give their time freely for such a long period.

"It is because of people like Peter, and thanks to the hours they give, that our station continues to be well supported.

"Unfortunately the restrictions of 2020 have meant that we have not been able to arrange a proper send off for Peter and others who have stepped down or retired this year, but we hope that we can rectify this in 2021."