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30-year milestone reached for Anstruther Lifeboat volunteer crew member

Lifeboats News Release

An Anstruther RNLI crew member has recently surpassed the 30-year service to the station. Gary Hughes was awarded with a long service award at a ceremony at the RNLI Scottish Headquarters in Perth last month.

Gary first joined Anstruther Lifeboat on 1 July 1986 as a shore crew member giving his time and service in the safe launch and recovery of the then all-weather lifeboat The Doctors.

In 1991, Gary and the rest of the Anstruther crew conducted the lifeboat changeover from The Doctors’to the current Mersey class lifeboat, Kingdom of Fife’. In 2003, after 17 years’ service in the launch and recovery of the all-weather lifeboat, Gary was part of the introduction of the new D-Class Rotary Centenary Queen’and a different aspect to shore based launch and recovery with a second boat now on station.

Gary continues to serve the station at Anstruther and can offer a further 17 years’ service in which he will see the third all-weather vessels arrival on station with the Shannon class boat due to arrive in the coming years.

Gary does not shy away from the housekeeping duties in the station and will regularly pop in on his days off work to take charge in keeping our station in prime condition by replenishing the boat food stocks, emptying the bins and even polishing the propellers on the Kingdom of Fife’ which is testimony to the commitment shown by Gary over his 30 years volunteering.

Station Second Coxswain Alex Purves said ‘The time, effort and commitment that Gary has shown over the years is nothing short of remarkable. The pride he takes in the station shows the type of character Gary is. The immense sense of pride we all see in Gary when representing the RNLI has had a massive effect on our station and his passion and commitment is a standard bearer for our new crew members who embark on their volunteering service in the RNLI.'

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