HRH The Duke of Rothesay introduced to Longhope RNLI Coxswain and volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 8 August, RNLI Longhope crew and volunteers, past and present, met The Duke of Rothesay when he visited the community hall on an informal visit to Hoy and Walls.

HRH The Duke of Rothesay meeting RNLI Second Coxswain, Angus Budge

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HRH The Duke of Rothesay meeting RNLI Second Coxswain, Angus Budge
Those who met The Duke included Second Coxswain Angus Budge, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Colin Bates, Chair Dr Iain Cromarty, former Coxswain Ian McFadyen & his wife Kathleen and former LOM John Budge.

The Longhope Lifeboat Guild also had chance for a moment or two of conversation with His Royal Highness whilst taking a well earned break from their duties providing home bakes and tea to the gathered islanders and their guests.



Mike Webster, the curator of our community run Lifeboat Museum was also introduced.




RNLI Longhope volunteers meeting HRH The Duke of Rothesay at Longhope YM

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RNLI Longhope volunteers meeting HRH The Duke of Rothesay at Longhope YM
Fundraising volunteers from the Longhope Lifeboat Guild meet HRH The Duke of Rothesay

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Fundraising volunteers from the Longhope Lifeboat Guild meet HRH The Duke of Rothesay

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