Sir Hew steps down after fifty years of service to North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat.
Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple has stepped down as Honorary President to North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat, a post he had held since 1967. Sir Hew has handed over to his son (also called Hew) to carry on the family tradition.
Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple returned to Leuchie after he retired from the army in 1962. His Family have owned The Bass Rock and Craigleith Island since 1706. He has always been an avid supporter of the community and local charities. This made him the perfect person to take on the position of Honorary President of North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat in 1967.
As Honorary President, he and Lady Anne-Louise, attended fundraising events, naming ceremonies for lifeboats and between them crowned the North Berwick lifeboat Queen and opened the fete annually.
RNLI Chairman of the management committee Stewart Auld said “We would like to thank Sir Hew for his and his late wife’s service to North Berwick RNLI. Fifty years is an amazing contribution. We would also like to welcome Hew Hamilton Dalrymple as his replacement. It is fitting that a family member, able to continue with his good work, fills the position.”
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