Four generations of RNLI volunteers celebrated this Father's Day at Tobermory

Lifeboats News Release

Bobby Gunn who is 19, is the fourth generation in his family to volunteer his time to help the RNLI, following in the footsteps of his father, uncles, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Paul and Bobby in front of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey

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Paul and Bobby in front of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey

The Macleod family involvement with the Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Station, can be dated back to the 1940s where Bobby’s great-grandfather, Bobby Macleod volunteered, he also played a key role in the re-opening of Tobermory lifeboat in 1990.

Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Bobby’s father, began volunteering in 2010 and now works as a full-time Mechanic, responsible for repairing the Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey.

Paul began volunteering when he saw his brother-in-law's giving their time. He wanted to do the same and give back to his community.

Bobby is named after his great-grandfather and grew up exposed to the lifesaving work that the RNLI do at a young age. The pager going off at home was normal for Bobby growing up, once even during a driving lesson between the father and son!

The most memorable shout for Paul, was when he was walking Bobby home from school and the pager went off. Bobby was only six at the time and said: ‘run Dad, run!’

Paul is proud to work with Bobby and praised his son for his excellent work during shouts.

Bobby enjoys volunteering with his father and can see himself continuing to volunteer with the RNLI charity well into the future.

He said: ‘My favourite part is the team spirit and community, it’s a good thing to get into.’

Both Paul and Bobby are on call this Father’s Day, but they still plan on spending the day together with Bobby making his father breakfast and sharing a Sunday dinner.

RNLI lifesavers like Bobby and Paul provide a rescue service that is powered by the generosity of the public. If you would like to us help save lives at sea, please visit https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate?utm_source=pressrelease&utm_medium=vanity&utm_campaign=nocampaign&utm_content=godonate_nationalmedia


Note to editors

The first attached photo shows Paul and Bobby in front of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey.

The second attached photo is of young Bobby outside of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station under his great-grandfather’s plaque.

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Young Bobby outside of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station under his great-grandfather’s plaque.

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Young Bobby outside of RNLI Tobermory Lifeboat Station under his great-grandfather’s plaque.

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