RNLI values were key to lifeboat purchase

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A MEDICAL professor has cited the values of altruism, compassion and courage within the RNLI as one of the reasons for purchasing a former Peterhead lifeboat.

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie recently purchased the Julia Park Barry of Glasgow lifeboat and is gifting the vessel to the folk of Buchan. Plans are now being drawn up to return the lifeboat to her home port and house her in a specially-built shed as a visitor atrraction.

Speaking to the Buchanie this week, Sir Lewis said that he had strong connections with the Buchan area, having been brought up and still lived in Fraserburgh and having practised medicine for 30 years in Peterhead.

“I vividly remember hearing the ominous double volley of loud rockets that were fired over the town, summoning volunteers to join the lifeboat,” he said.

“...the values of altruism, compassion and courage shine forth. Many years have passed - time and tide and technology have moved on.

“The maroons are now silent but the values of the lifeboat crews live on - the abiding recognition of the continuing humanitarian call to duty.

“On my retirement from practising medicine I wanted to give something back to the community and the purchase of the lifeboat seemed the ideal thing,” he added.

The Julia Park Barry of Glasgow is currently in Ireland and now plans are being formulated to get her back to Peterhead.