Berwick-Upon-Tweed RNLI pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-Upon-Tweed RNLI have paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Normally a strong turnout of Crew come out show respect to those that gave their lives so we might live, every Remembrance Sunday at the main Berwick –upon-Tweed parade then at the lifeboats station home village of Spittal.

This year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Coxswain Alli Laing and lifeboat mechanic Phil Paterson, stood alone to pay their respects on behalf of the Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI lifeboat station at Spittal war memorial.

First Coxswain Alli Laing said: ‘Normally, we have a good turnout of crew, where we stand not just as a crew but with those in our crew who have served in the Armed Forces, to remember those who gave their lives and those still serving in conflict and remember them with respect.

This year due to Covid-19 restrictions, our mechanic and myself were given a time to lay our RNLI wreath, before the 11th Hour. It was surreal. We are only grateful that due to restrictions, we were able to at least have the chance to honour them in laying a wreath.

The remainder of our lifeboat station crew and personnel paid their respects on their own doorstep. We pray for next year to be a better year where we can stand as one and pay our respects.’


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