Maritime hero given award

Sue Byers the new manager of The Arndale, Morecambe.
Sue Byers the new manager of The Arndale, Morecambe.

A sailing enthusiast from Morecambe, has been hailed a Maritime Hero in the nationwide initiative – The Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards.

Sue Byers was nominated by Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club for her club service and is one of 30 national semi-finalists selected from the many deserving nationwide entries.

Now in its second year, the annual awards scheme was initiated by Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky to reward the outstanding passion, commitment and achievements demonstrated within Britain’s maritime communities, at both a local and national level. To launch the scheme in May this year, Old Pulteney contacted UK sailing clubs asking them to nominate any members they felt deserved recognition within one of the following three categories: Club Service, Bravery or Sailing Achievement.

Sue joined Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club in 1974 and soon volunteered to become more actively involved. Over the years she has organised numerous events to raise awareness of the Club and its facilities and has even set up a women’s group for club members’ wives.

In 2008, she accepted the role of Club Treasurer and has since workedtirelessly, organising and attending events, often over long weekends. Always happy to bake and donate cakes for Club events, Sue regularly drives a 40 mile round trip to collect ingredients to meet members’ special requests.

From cleaning the Clubhouse and submitting successful grant applications, to keeping excellent records of the Club’s financial activity, Sue is admired for her willingness to ‘get stuck in’.

To reward Sue’s enthusiasm and dedication, Old Pulteney has presented her with a Maritime Heroes Awards certificate and bottle of its award-winning 12 Year Old Single Malt.

Sue will now be one of the thirty shortlisted sailing stars going through to the competition finals in December. If successful she will win £2,000, a commemorative trophy and a bottle of what has been dubbed the World’s Best Whisky – Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt. Margaret Mary Clarke, Senior Brand Manager - “Old Pulteney is delighted to name Sue as one of our thirty finalists and we wish her the best of luck for the next stage of the competition.