Lifeboat give fond farewell to popular mechanic Gipper

Lifeboat mechanic Gipper recently stepped down from his role at Fraserburgh's lifeboat to accept a similar role at Dunbar.
Lifeboat mechanic Gipper recently stepped down from his role at Fraserburgh's lifeboat to accept a similar role at Dunbar.

Popular lifeboat mechanic Gordon ‘Gipper’ Ainslie last week left Fraserburgh’s lifeboat crew after deciding to take up a similar post at Dunbar.

Gipper, who had been the mechanic of the Fraserburgh lifeboat for the previous four years, will now be working closer to his parents.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fraserburgh, the crew are a great bunch of lads and I’ve gotten on with everybody, but when the offer of the job at Dunbar came up with the chance to return home, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

After the regular training session last Thursday, coxswain Victor Sutherland and the volunteer crew were joined by supporters of the lifeboat station in surprising Gipper with a presentation and teas, several retired crew members who had served with Gipper also attending the farewell.

Victor celebrated Gipper’s friendship, commitment and dedication over the four years and added that he would be a hard act to follow.

“Gipper has been a pleasure to sail with.

“We would like to wish him all the best in his new role as lifeboat mechanic at Dunbar lifeboat station and we wish him every success in the future.

Gipper was also presented with a painting of the Fraserburgh lifeboat by Victor’s daughter, Eilidh.

Former chair of the management committee of the Fraserburgh lifeboat also paid tribute to Gipper, saying that knowing Gipper was on the job was a relief to everyone.

The full-time position of lifeboat mechanic is now being covered by volunteer crew members until a permanent replacement is named.