Celebrations all round at the lifeboat

The Lovie family hand over the donation to Fraserburgh Lifeboat.
The Lovie family hand over the donation to Fraserburgh Lifeboat.

Fraserburgh’s lifeboat station has seen a busy start to 2014 with plenty of reason to celebrate, having seen their chairman be awarded with a British Empire Medal.

Iain Rankin, chairman of the Fraserburgh RNLI Station Management Group, had attended the presentation, as part of the Birthday Honours, at Fyvie Castle.

Iain, along with Andrew McCartney of Old Meldrum, were each presented with the MEdal by the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby Esq., on behalf of HM The Queen.

Iain has been a member of numerous local groups and held various positions over the last 34 years since becoming the rector of Fraserburgh Academy in 1980 and retiring.

Becoming involved with the RNLI in 1981, at the invitation of then-chairman Jack Provan, he eventually succeeded into the position he currently holds with the local branch of the RNLI.

As well as this, Iain has previously served on the Board of the Banff and Buchan College of Further Education, on the committee of the Fraserburgh Heritage Society, and as a representative on the Aberdeenshire Heritage Groups Committee.

He has also contributed to the Scouts in many ways, from Scout Leader to Area Commissioner, and to Fraserburgh itself through his involvement with Fraserburgh Forward, Fraserburgh Futures Partnership, and Fraserburgh Musical Society.

Deputy mechanic Colin McLeman, meanwhile, received a long service medal from the Fraserburgh coxswain Victor Sutherland for having served with Fraserburgh’s lifeboat for 20 years, having joined the crew in December, 1993.

Further good news for the Fraserburgh lifeboat crew and volunteers came in the form of TOTAL’s Alwyn Platform donating £1,000 to the local station.

Catriona Lovie, pictured with her father Brian and brother Fraser, presented the cheque.

Brian Lovie works as the area authority onboard the TOTAL operated Alwyn Platform and nominated RNLI Fraserburgh as a worthy cause to receive money from the platform’s charity committee.

The donation is a token of appreciation of the people and work of the RNLI service by the offshore personnel on board the Alwyn. Fraserburgh lifeboat would like to send a big thank you to the charity committee and everyone onboard the platform for their great contribution.