Pager alert for Broch youngsters!

The 'Willie and May Gall' was launched on February 10.
The 'Willie and May Gall' was launched on February 10.

A history lesson was given in more ways than one when children from St Andrews Primary School and nursery, along with members of the local Boys’ Brigade Section visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station in Shore Street.

As well as learning historical facts about the work of lifeboats, particularly those working from the Broch station, they were shown something that few of them would have heard of - a pager. In bygone days these were often used to alert people to the fact that they needed to phone someone.

But these are high-tech, modern pagers, and considerably more reliable than the old models.

In this case, the crew gave the youngsters pagers to hold and told them to pretend to be asleep before setting off the pagers to demonstrate how volunteer crewmen cannot escape the call when an emergency occurs.

Vic Sutherland, Coxswain, said the children were really convincingly asleep, some even snoring, when the pagers erupted, vibrating and emitting a high-pitched beep.

Mr Sutherland told the children of daring rescues made from the port, and described the evolution of lifeboats from the oar-powered boats and their incredibly hardy crew-members, to the modern engines used by the station’s Trent Class lifeboat today.

The visitors were then given a special tour of the Fraserburgh Station’s RNLB Willie and May Gall vessel.

And at the end of the Boys’ Brigade visit, the section presented Mr Sutherland and his colleagues with a cheque for £150 which they raised from collecting 20p pieces in empty Smarties tubes.

Thanking the boys, Mr Sutherland said he had not been expecting that, and emphasised that all the money will go towards helping the crew save lives at sea.