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Lifeboat crew receive service awards

Receiving awards for service to RNLI Lerwick lifeboat - former Coxswain Bruce Leask, with retiring crew members Dieter Glaser, Robert Stout and John Sinclair, and current crew member Michael Grant. Photo: RNLI

A NUMBER of Lerwick lifeboat crewmen have received RNLI certificates of service at a presentation in the lifeboat station.

Former coxswain Bruce Leask was presented with a certificate of service after 18 years in the crew, including eight as coxswain.

Retiring crew members John Sinclair and Robbie Stout received certificates of service for 32 years and 12 years respectively, while Dieter Glaser received a barometer as a retirement gift for his 23 years on the crew. His certificate of service will be presented at a later date.

Michael Grant continues to be an active crew member and received his 20-year badge, having now served over 22 years with Lerwick Lifeboat.

Receiving his certificate of service for 26 years as Lerwick lifeboat treasurer is George Simpson (second from left) with operations manager Malcolm Craigie, former crew member John Sinclair, and former coxwain Hewitt Clark MBE.

Volunteer George Simpson, who was unable to attend the presentation, retired earlier last year after 26 years as lifeboat treasurer, and has also received a certificate of service.

Lerwick lifeboat operations manager Malcolm Craigie said: “All these individuals have given much service to the RNLI and to the local community. We’re grateful for their commitment over so many years which has helped to save lives at sea.

“In particular, their experience has been of great help over recent months to our new coxswain, Darren Harcus, and other new crew members.”