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Kirkcudbright RNLI volunteers receive recognition for service

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 30 May, 2023, two volunteers at Kirkcudbright RNLI were presented with awards by Hon Mathew Murray Kennedy St Clair, Lord Lieutenant for the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright The Lord Sinclair, in recognition of their volunteer service.

RNLI/Christine Collins

Robert Ross and John Collins pictured with Hon Mathew Murray Kennedy St Clair, Lord Lieutenant for the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright The Lord Sinclair

John Collins, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Kirkcudbright RNLI, was presented with his BEM, British Empire Medal, which had been awarded in the Kings Honours List in January 2023, for his commitment to the RNLI.

Alongside John, Senior helmsman, Robert Ross was awarded his Long Service medal for 40 years of service with Kirkcudbright RNLI.

Jill Hepburn, Head of Region for the RNLI in Scotland, says: ‘We’re incredibly proud of both John and Robert for these incredible achievements and their continued contribution and efforts to Kirkcudbright RNLI and helping us to save lives at sea.’

Notes to editors

· Kirkcudbright lifeboat station has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/kirkcudbright-lifeboat-station

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Christine Collins, Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected]

Jaye Mackay, RNLI Media Engagement Placement for Scotland, 07929 673286, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


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