Two senior members of Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild have been awarded RNLI badges to mark their long service.
The current president, Barbara Cargill, has received notice that she has been awarded a gold badge and secretary Mrs Maureen Fulton will receive a bronze badge.
The awards will be handed over at a ceremony at the RNLI Scotland annual general meeting which will take place in the Concert Hall, Perth, on Thursday, June 12.
Mrs Cargill has been involved with the Arbroath lifeboat since 1973 when her late husband, Dave, was employed as a mechanic by the RNLI. A few years later she sold souvenirs, which were in limited supply at the time, from his workshop to visitors to the station.
The workshop was converted to a shop when the extension to the lifeboat shed was completed. The new shop opened in 1994.
Mrs Cargill was souvenir secretary to Arbroath Lifeboat branch committee and the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild until 1995, when Dave retired.
She joined the Ladies’ Guild committee in 1982 and was vice-president during 2000/01. Mrs Cargill has been president since 2001.
Mrs Fulton is a native Red Lichtie. He late father, David Milne, supplied groceries to the fishing fleet for many years from his shop at the bottom of John Street.
Her husband, Erick, was a manager with Arbroath Fishermen’s Association and the couple returned to Arbroath in 2006 after 32 years living and working in Lerwick where Mr Fulton was a director of several fishing related companies.
She joined the committee of Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild in June 2007 and was appointed secretary in October 2008.
Both ladies said they were delighted with the honour accorded them and are looking forward to June.