Queen’s New Year Honour for Invergordon Lifeboat Volunteer

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Retired Lifeboat Operations Manager Captain Iain Dunderdale has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to the community in the Scottish Highlands.

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Iain’s RNLI life began in 1982 where he served as Deputy Launching Authority progressing to the Station’s Honorary Secretary in 1984 before becoming Lifeboat Operations Manager.

With 36 years of service at Invergordon Lifeboat overseeing and authorising many service launches over the years at the helm, Iain has seen many Lifeboats stationed at Invergordon from the early open wheel house boats capable of 8 knots to today’s all-weather lifeboat Trent Class Lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith’ which tops 25 knots.

With many accolades under Iain's belt, including being presented the RNLI Gold Badge in 2016, others stem from his work at the neighbouring Port of Cromarty Firth and his commitment to the Cruise Industry where Iain was dubbed as Scotland’s ‘Mr Cruise’ and receiving Outstanding Acheivement Awards for his work commercially.

Iain’s work as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) saw Iain helping on Fundraising Days, promoting Station awareness, and overseeing the running of the Station as a whole.

A Invergordon Lifeboat Spokesperson said “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to learn that Iain has been recognised for his work, time and commitment to the RNLI and the Community

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