Long-serving Arbroath lifeboat volunteer retires

On Saturday evening in the Royal British Legion the local RNLI presented Colin Stewart with his 25 year certificate. Current coxwain Tommy Yule handed it over with past and present colleagues looking on.
On Saturday evening in the Royal British Legion the local RNLI presented Colin Stewart with his 25 year certificate. Current coxwain Tommy Yule handed it over with past and present colleagues looking on.

AFTER 23 years of dedicated service, local RNLI volunteer Colin Stewart has retired from active service on the Arbroath lifeboat crew.

Colin has been a volunteer since joining the RNLI in Arbroath back in 1989. During his long service he has undertaken a number of different roles, including crew member on the all-weather and inshore lifeboats, deputy 2nd coxswain and 2nd coxswain. He also took on the role of lifeboat training co-ordinator for a period.

Lifeboat operations manager Alex Smith reflected on the respect he and the rest of the crew have for Colin, saying: “Colin’s contribution to the station over the years cannot be underestimated. He has always been keen to pass on his skill and experience to the younger lads and new recruits as well as some of the more experienced crew.

“We have all benefited from Colin’s commitment to the lifeboats and on behalf of all the crew we want to wish him all the best in the future and hope that he won’t be a stranger round the station.”

At the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms in Arbroath on Saturday night, fellow crew members past and present came together to pay tribute to Colin’s long volunteer service on the lifeboats.