11 long service awards following commendation news for Aberdeen RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Following news of a well-earned commendation for the local crew, Aberdeen RNLI crews and RNLI Aberdeen and District Lifeboat Fundraising branch has received recognition for voluntary long service to the RNLI totalling nearly 250 years.

Aberdeen's All Weather Lifeboat, Bon Accord

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Aberdeen's All Weather Lifeboat, Bon Accord

The RNLI, which was founded in 1824, recognises long-standing and time served volunteers each year. Each receiving a medal and letter of recognition for their support.

This year, Aberdeen’s volunteer crew and RNLI Aberdeen Management Group members awarded included: Andy Watson, 40 years; Mark Gray, 20 years; Matthew Foster, 20 years; Jim Wilson, 20 years; Michael Cowlam, 20 years; and Rev Howard Drysdale, 20 years.

Furthermore, Margaret Buchan, Audrey Masson, Louise Reid, Dennis Williams and John Shewell all received 20 years long service awards for their time with the RNLI Aberdeen and District Lifeboat Fundraising branch.

Bill Deans, lifeboat operations manager at Aberdeen, said: “Without volunteers, the RNLI wouldn’t exist and the lifesaving work we do wouldn’t be possible. It is truly an honour to congratulate each person – whether our crew or fundraising groups – who received this award.”

Just last month, Aberdeen RNLI and Peterhead RNLI lifeboat crews received a commendation from Director of Lifesaving Operations, John Payne, for their joint efforts on a long and arduous shout, lasting over 18 hours, back in October 2019.

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Long Service Medal

RNLI/Mark Gray

Long Service Medal
Matthew Foster with his long service award

RNLI/Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster with his long service award
Michael Cowlam with his long service award in front of Bon Accord

RNLI/Michael Cowlam

Michael Cowlam with his long service award in front of Bon Accord

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