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Gold badges presented at Orkney RNLI ceremony

Lifeboats News Release

Ten Awards were presented by Admiral Sir Jock Slater at the awards ceremony in Kirkwall.

Local fundraisers and station officials were presented with gold badge awards at a ceremony in Kirkwall on Friday 3 June.

Admiral Sir Jock Slater, former First Sea Lord of the Navy and former Chairman of the RNLI, was on hand to present the awards at the King Street halls.

Nine awards were presented to fundraisers and one was presented posthumously to the son and daughter of Jimmy Groat from Longhope.  These awards were proudly accepted by those who had given so many years of dedicated service to the RNLI.

Group photo shows-

With Admiral Sir Jock Slater (Former First Sea Lord of the Navy)
Back row - May Bain,  June Harcus, Margaret Harcus, Jenny Groat, (all Westray), Norma Marwick President Orkney Mainland RNLI Fundraisers
Front row - Jean Gaudie (Birsay), Evelyn Irvine (Deerness), Catherine Stevenson (Westray), Karen Esson (Dounby), Netta Harcus (Westray)

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Graeme Smith
Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel.   01856 871207
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