Blue Toon lifeboat celebrates 150 years

SIR LEWIS RITCHIE WITH THE VELLUM MARKING 150 YEARS OF THE PETERHEAD LIFEBOAT STATION , VICE ADMIRAL SIR TIM LAURENCE AND THE CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT.(KING/BROWN)
SIR LEWIS RITCHIE WITH THE VELLUM MARKING 150 YEARS OF THE PETERHEAD LIFEBOAT STATION , VICE ADMIRAL SIR TIM LAURENCE AND THE CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT.(KING/BROWN)

Peterhead Harbour celebrated the 150th anniversary of the lifeboat station last week at a ceremony attended by local politicians.

Banff & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “It was a pleasure and privilege to be present at the ceremony to give thanks for the many lives saved by the Peterhead Lifeboats over the years, and to pay tribute to the crews both past and present.

“It is important that we as a community remember anniversaries such as these as it underscores the huge debt which we owe to the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who go to sea in sometimes horrendous conditions to come to the aid of others, risking their own safety, and quite often, their lives in the process.”

Also in attendance was MP for the Banff & Buchan constituency Dr Eilidh Whiteford.

She said: “During the fisheries debate in the House of Commons this week, I began my remarks by expressing my thanks to the men and women who crew our lifeboats in Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Macduff in my constituency.

“They are volunteers who risk their lives in all weathers to keep others safe.

“What we must all remember is that the RNLI is a charity and therefore is heavily reliant on donations of both time and money in order to carry out its invaluable service.

“RNLI staff and crew who protect seafarers and those using Scotland’s seas are to be commended for their courage, commitment and dedication and we owe them all a debt of gratitude.”

At the ceremony trustee of the RNLI vice admiral Sir Tim Laurence presented Peterhead Lifeboat Station with a vellum to mark the occasion.

Head of operations at Peterhead Lifeboat Station said: “The station is a vital part in sea rescues around our coast and is a link for others.

“All rescues can be dangerous and great credit is due to the men and women that man our lifeboats.”