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Retirement presentations for volunteers from Troon lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 25 August 2017, representatives from the station including crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and members of the management group came together to say a farewell and thank you to a few of the stations long serving volunteers.

Former Chairman of the Station Management Group, Graham McKerrigan with his certifcate of thanks from the RNLI

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Former Chairman of the Station Management Group, Graham McKerrigan
Coxswain Joe Millar hosted the evening at the South Beach Hotel presenting each recipient with a Certificate of Thanks from the RNLI signed by RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier for all their years of service to the station.

First to receive his certificate was former Chairman of the station management group, Graham McKerrigan who has volunteered at the station for 27 years. Graham joined the station in 1990 as a Deputy Launching Authority, before becoming Vice Chairman in 1996 and then Chairman in 2002 until his retirement earlier this year.

Next to be presented with his certificate was Deputy Launching Authority William Cuthbertson who joined the station in 1989 giving 28 years to the lifeboat in Troon before his retirement earlier this year. Over the years, William, or Billy as he was known to the crew, regularly deputised for the Lifeboat Operations Manager authorising the launch of the stations lifeboats when requested by the Coastguard.

Bob Johnston in his absence was presented with a certificate after retiring as Lifeboat Operations Manager earlier this year after volunteering in this position since 2002.

Tom Brown, who also retired this year from his position as Box Secretary was given a retirement gift by Coxswain Joe Millar. Tom who has had many roles within the lifeboat station, spanning a number of decades, such as a crew member, deputy launching authority, honorary secretary to name but a few was latterly responsible for the lifeboat collection boxes throughout the town.

From everyone at the station we thank them all very much for everything they have done for the station over the years and wish them all well in their retirement from the RNLI.
Recently retired Deputy Launching Authority William Cuthbertson receivies his certifcate from Coxswain Joe Millar

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Recently retired Deputy Launching Authority William Cuthbertson receivies his certifcate from Coxswain Joe Millar
Certficate of Thanks presented to the sister of Lifeboat Operations Manager Bob Johnstone in his absence

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Certficate of Thanks presented to the sister of Lifeboat Operations Manager Bob Johnstone in his absence
Tom Brown, retired box secretary and former RNLI crew member deputy launching authority, honorary secretary at Troon receives his retirement gift

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Tom Brown, retired box secretary and former RNLI crew member deputy launching authority, honorary secretary receives his retirement gift

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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