Local Heroes #Bude

2013-09-05-09.41.52-150x150 2013-04-23-11.24.06-225x300I’ve taken this from the Bude Surf Living Saving Club News Page because it says it all brilliantly about these two self-effacing characters, both of whom I’ve interviewed in the past,  Vicko and Horace. Well done and well-deserved to both of you! The Bude SLSC website says:

Two of Bude Surf Life Saving Club’s prominent members Vicko and Horace have been bestowed with life membership of Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB) at a “Heroes of the Surf Ceremony” held last week.

Peter Vickery (Vicko) became attached to Bude Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) shortly after the club was formed in 1953 and has been totally devoted to the surf life saving organisation actively participating, coaching and holding many official positions.

He was a competitor for Bude SLSC through the 1950s and 60s and coached several teams over many years to great success in competition with his teams gaining many National Championship gold medals. He has held the Surf Lifeguard Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation, Instructor’s and IRB Driver’s awards and he is still registered as a competition Judge.

Vicko still takes part in club beach patrols having captained a patrol team for a great number of years. He also runs weekly “point score” training sessions throughout the summer that welcome members of all ages from Nippers (aged 7) upwards to take part in surf life saving related activities.

To celebrate Bude club’s 50th anniversary Vicko organised a surf life saving carnival inviting other clubs to compete at Bude in a friendly competition. The carnival was such a success that it has become an annual event still overseen by Vicko with a wonderfully inclusive ethos where teams include competitors of all abilities.

Vicko is legendary and well deserves to become a life member of SLSGB for valuable services continuously rendered with great enthusiasm for over 55 years.


Adrian Parsons (Horace) started in Bude SLSC cadets in 1966 aged 12 and continues to this day to be actively involved in many aspects of surf life saving.

He has been club captain and was in Bude’s Rescue & Resuscitation team from 1972-1978 and again in 1984 winning National and Cornish titles. He still competes at masters’ level with some great achievements including being National Iron Man champion for his age band.

Horace has also coached at all levels helping to run Bude Nippers and Juniors right through to taking the women’s team to success as National champions. To this day he turns out weekly in all weather to train and coach club members in every aspect of surf life saving from encouraging newcomers in elementary skills to training people to themselves become coaches.

His many qualifications continually built upon throughout his long surf life saving career include surf life saving Qualifier (1968), Bronze Medallion (1971), Surf Lifeguard (early 2000s to 2014), level 2 swim board and ski Coach. He is also now a qualified Trainer, Assessor and Coach Tutor who uses his skills and experience in running many courses and training sessions. The hours he devotes to training others have resulted in many Bude club members becoming well- qualified lifeguards and patrol members.

A passionate ambassador for Bude SLSC and surf life saving in general, Horace has been Bude club’s Chairman for the last 11 years. He has also had pivotal roles in SLSGB including being Vice-Chairman for 5 years of SLS Cornwall.

As if that was not enough in 2013 he raised several thousand pounds for surf life saving in a fund raising solo cycle ride to all the surf life saving clubs in England.

Horace epitomises the term “stalwart” which means “one who steadfastly supports an organization or cause”. Diplomatic, principled and caring he has been the glue that has kept Bude club functioning well and the club members are very grateful for the many, many, many hours that he has given to all aspects of surf life saving so we are delighted he has been recognised with this award.

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