Surprise visitor makes a return to Girvan

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Girvan Lifeboat station welcomes back 12-37 Silvia Burrell

Brian with his replica of 12-37 Mersey class lifeboat Silvia Burrell

RNLI/Brian Goodwin

Brian Goodwin with Silvia Burrell

During our super busy day on Saturday 5th May with our naming ceremony, We welcomed a special visitor back to the station 12-37 RNLB Silvia Burrell, along with Mr Brian Goodwin and his lovely wife May, who travelled from Beith for the occasion, we 1st spoke to Brian many months ago praising him for his fantastic replica model of our previous lifeboat 12-37 Silvia Burrell.

Brian who is an avid and accomplished model builder had a few conversations back and forth with us, and after some discussion with his good lady, got back in touch with us soon after, to say that he would like to donate his replica of Silvia Burrell to Girvan Lifeboat Station.

So we welcomed them both as guests at our new lifeboat naming ceremony, where shortly before Brian and May presented the model lifeboat to us in the station, at just over 3ft in length, with every detail looked at, it is indeed impressive and we will be proud to have it displayed in our station, and as a tribute and lasting memory to 12-37 Silvia Burrell, that served us so well and kept us safe for 25 years.

So from everyone at Girvan Lifeboat Station, thank you Brian and May for your very generous and kind donation, we will look after and cherish her, knowing the many months and hours of hard work you put into building her. It is a great honour and privilege to be entrusted with her safe keeping.

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