Troon RNLI celebrates 150 years with a civic reception and vellum presentation

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 3 September 2022, as part of Troon lifeboat station’s 150th anniversary, the Trustee’s of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution awarded Troon lifeboat station with a Vellum certificate in recognition of 150 years of saving lives at sea at a civic reception at the Troon Concert hall.

Pictured at the civic reception along with vellum certificate are Robert McMaster (Area Lifesaving Manager), Roger Lockwood (RNLI Trustee), Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, John Steel (Chairman Troon Lifeboat Management Group) and Joe Millar (Troon lifeboat Coxswain).

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Pictured at the civic reception along with vellum certificate are Robert McMaster (Area Lifesaving Manager), Roger Lockwood (RNLI Trustee), Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, John Steel (Chairman Troon Lifeboat Management Group) and Joe Millar (Troon lifeboat Coxswain).
Roger Lockwood, Trustee of the RNLI, along with representatives from the lifeboat crew, management group and fundraisers attended the event hosted by South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick to recognise the lifeboat station and its volunteers.

Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said, 'Over the 150 years of the lifeboat stations existence significant changes have taken place both in terms of boat design, equipment, and technology from the first lifeboat the Mary Sinclair to the present all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and inshore lifeboat Shenna but the ethos amongst everyone at the station remains the same, to save lives at sea.'

Jim Redmond, Troon Lifeboat Operations Manager added: 'The 150th anniversary of Troon RNLI lifeboat station marks a significant milestone in the station's history. Although the events of COVID have delayed our celebrations, the vellum presentation formally recognises everyone who contributed over the last 150 years to provide a voluntary service to be proud of. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the public who are always ready to put money in our buckets or supporting our fundraising events.'

The 150th anniversary Vellum presented to Troon RNLI lifeboat station

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The 150th anniversary Vellum presented to Troon RNLI lifeboat station
A plaque presented to Troon lifeboat station by South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpartick

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A plaque presented to Troon lifeboat station by South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpartick

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