Ron takes RNLI title

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AN ARBROATH RNLI volunteer has become the oldest active boat crew member in the whole of Scotland.

It was confirmed that Ron Churchill, snr., who turned 60 on November 1, has been given the title beating his nearest rival by a single day!

Back in July, Ron received a medal from the RNLI in recognition of the 30 years’ volunteer service that he has given to the charity, during which time he has undertaken a number of different roles since joining the Arbroath lifeboat back in 1981.

Proud Cornishman Ron shows no sign of slowing down or stepping back from his duties as second mechanic on the all-weather lifeboat crew at Arbroath.

He said: “Obviously a lot has changed in the RNLI over the years since I joined the Arbroath lifeboats, but I’m still as enthusiastic as I was on the first day. As long as I’m fit and healthy and can still do a job on the crew I’ll keep going as long as I can.”

And lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath lifeboat station, Alex Smith added: “For him to remain an active boat crew member after so many years is testament to Ron’s commitment to the RNLI and the rest of the crew here at Arbroath.

“He’s certainly showing no sign yet of wanting to take things easy as he gets older.”