Ceremony to commemorate brave crewmen

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The current crew of the Arbroath Lifeboat will perform a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the town’s lifeboat disaster.

It was on October 27, 1953, that the Robert Lindsay was lost close to the harbour following a search for a vessel in distress and six crew members perished in the tragedy.

And on Sunday, the 60th anniversary, the current all weather boat RNLB Inchcape will be launched at 3 p.m., for the crew to perform the wreath laying ceremony at sea.

They will then remember the six men, David Bruce, Harry Swankie, Thomas Adams, William Swankie, David Cargill and Charles Cargill.

The lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, Alex Smith, said: “Unfortunately it also serves as a stark reminder of the risks that volunteer lifeboat crews face to help others at sea.”

In addition the men will also be remembered in churches across the town on Sunday.

Turn to pages 16 and 17 where we take look back on the events that occurred on the fateful morning of the Arbroath lifeboat disaster.