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Tobermory RNLI coxswain receives crew guard of honour on his wedding day

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Tobermory RNLI’s Coxswain David McHaffie and his new wife, Seonaid were treated to a lifeboat crew guard of honour on their wedding day on Saturday 11 May 2019.

Tobermory lifeboat crew guard of honour for Coxswain David and Seonaid

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Tobermory lifeboat crew guard of honour for Coxswain David and Seonaid

On a beautiful, sunny spring day, the volunteer crew formed a guard of honour using ceremonial lifeboat oars outside Tobermory Parish Church as well as alongside the lifeboat. David and Seonaid met at Tobermory High School when they were eleven and have been together since they were sixteen.

David, who was appointed Tobermory’s full time Coxswain in June 2015, is one of the youngest Coxswains in the RNLI and succeeded his brother, Andrew who is now a Senior Fleet Staff Coxswain. Andrew and Iain Malcolm, a volunteer Navigator, both acted as David’s best men, with crew member, Alexander ‘Wee Jock’ Anderson playing the pipes and Education Officer, Kirsty Blackhall playing her fiddle to lead Seonaid into the church. Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones carried out wedding photography duties on the day.

Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: ‘We were blessed with beautiful sunshine and it was a truly wonderful day. All of us at the station wish David and Seonaid the very best for their future together.’

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Photo credits: RNLI/Sam Jones

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Seonaid and David toast the lifeboat

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Seonaid and David toast the lifeboat
Tobermory lifeboat crew guard of honour for Coxswain David and Seonaid

RNLI/Sam Jones

Tobermory lifeboat crew guard of honour for Coxswain David and Seonaid
Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat

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Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat
Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat

RNLI/Sam Jones

Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat
Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat

RNLI/Sam Jones

Coxswain David and Seonaid on Tobermory lifeboat

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