Retirement presentations for volunteers from Troon lifeboat station
Lifeboats News Release
On Friday 25 August 2017, representatives from the station including crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and members of the management group came together to say a farewell and thank you to a few of the stations long serving volunteers.
Coxswain Joe Millar hosted the evening at the South Beach Hotel presenting each recipient with a Certificate of Thanks from the RNLI signed by RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier for all their years of service to the station.
First to receive his certificate was former Chairman of the station management group, Graham McKerrigan who has volunteered at the station for 27 years. Graham joined the station in 1990 as a Deputy Launching Authority, before becoming Vice Chairman in 1996 and then Chairman in 2002 until his retirement earlier this year.
Next to be presented with his certificate was Deputy Launching Authority William Cuthbertson who joined the station in 1989 giving 28 years to the lifeboat in Troon before his retirement earlier this year. Over the years, William, or Billy as he was known to the crew, regularly deputised for the Lifeboat Operations Manager authorising the launch of the stations lifeboats when requested by the Coastguard.
Bob Johnston in his absence was presented with a certificate after retiring as Lifeboat Operations Manager earlier this year after volunteering in this position since 2002.
Tom Brown, who also retired this year from his position as Box Secretary was given a retirement gift by Coxswain Joe Millar. Tom who has had many roles within the lifeboat station, spanning a number of decades, such as a crew member, deputy launching authority, honorary secretary to name but a few was latterly responsible for the lifeboat collection boxes throughout the town.
From everyone at the station we thank them all very much for everything they have done for the station over the years and wish them all well in their retirement from the RNLI.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.