Lifeboat ladies share 100 years’ service

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AN AFTERNOON tea party was held in Sugar & Spice on Saturday to mark the retiral of three ladies who have given a total of more than 100 years’ service to Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild.

A group of 27 guild members paid tribute to Joyce Gibson, Margaret Fairlie and Isabel Cowan.

Mrs Gibson and Mrs Fairlie each have Bronze and Silver Badges and had been actively involved with the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild for 42 and 32 years respectively. They had been box secretaries together for 15 years.

Joyce, who took over from her mother in the Guild said that she couldn’t believe that 42 years had passed since she attended her first meeting. Margaret said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the Guild, but at 80 years of age felt that it was time to move on and leave the fund-raising to the younger members of the committee.

Mrs Cowan has served 25 years, five of these as secretary.

She said that she was sorry to leave the friendship and family feeling that is part and parcel of the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild, but wished everyone the very best in the future.

The ladies were presented with beautiful bouquets by the president, Barbara Cargill, who wished them well in their retirement and thanked them for their much appreciated years of hard work and commitment to the successful running of the Arbroath branch.

A framed certificate was presented to Beatrice Gerrard, who has been actively involved for the past 52 years in fund-raising for the guild. Her mother, the late Beatrice Gerrard, was a committee member for many years and the young Beatrice was always there to help at fund-raising events.

They were part of the team providing teas at the Caledonian Markets and Beatrice still helps her sister-in-law, Mary, in the RNLI shop at the harbour.

The company congratulated Beatrice on her commitment and continuing support for the RNLI.