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Lerwick RNLI to unveil a memorial in memory of a former crewman

Lifeboats News Release

Next Saturday, 8th July, will see the unveiling of a memorial commemorating the lifeboat service of the late Ian Leask.

Ian Leask joined the Lerwick lifeboat in 1989 and served as a crew member, 2nd mechanic and then deputy launching authority until his death in February 2016. He was awarded a bronze medal for his part in the rescue of the crew of the Green Lily off Bressay in 1997.

The memorial seat will be located outside the lifeboat station, overlooking the small boat harbour, and the ceremony will commence at 4pm.

RNLI media contacts:

Peter Kerr, Local Press Officer, Lerwick, 01595 693827, 07853 336596

Marcus Thomason, Lerwick Lifeboat, 01595 693827, 07919 053589

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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