A fisherman from Lyme Regis has been recognised for his long service to the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society (SMS), reports Paul Scott.

John Wason, who has acted as honorary agent for the society for the past 31 years, received the Stoakes Award for his dedication to the charity.

For more than three decades he has looked after the red collecting mine on the town’s slipway, which generates donations in the region of £400 each year.

He was presented with his award by Captain Justin Osmond, chief executive of the SMS.

“John’s steadfast support of the society and the local maritime community over such a long period of time is remarkable, with his efforts making a big difference to lives in and around Lyme Regis,” Justin Osmond told Fishing News.

“We are immensely grateful to all of our volunteers who routinely go the extra mile and show unrelenting support to the charity, with John being a perfect example of this for the past 31 years, making him a hugely deserving recipient of the Stoakes Award.”

The charity was also presented with a cheque for nearly £6,500 from money raised at the annual Lyme Regis Jolly Day Out, a social day for local fishermen and boatmen.

The event featured a charity auction, which this year raised £4,910 for the society, with additional funds coming through donations and collections on the day.

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