Community volunteers honoured

David Thompson, Coastal Safety Manager, H.M. Coastguard thanked the local inshore rescue teams and their families. GG 1607046 12

David Thompson, Coastal Safety Manager, H.M. Coastguard thanked the local inshore rescue teams and their families. GG 1607046 12

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VOLUNTEERS serving their communities across Galloway were presented with rare Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals last Friday evening in Port William by the Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire, Mrs Terry Brewis.

The event took place in the Monreith Arms Hotel and the medals were presented to members of the Port William Life Boat, the Port William First Response Team, the Fleet Bay Lifeboat and Isle of Whithorn Responders.

Jennifer McGlashan CRDO made a speech on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service of the importance of the various First Response Teams in the area.'GG 1607045 12

Jennifer McGlashan CRDO made a speech on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service of the importance of the various First Response Teams in the area.'GG 1607045 12

These voluntary organisations provide life saving back up for the emergency services in rural areas.

Host for the evening George McKenzie welcomed a large crowd and introduced David Thompson HM Coastguard Coastal Safety Manager who had travelled from his home in Southport for the occasion and Jennifer McGalashan representing the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Mr Thompson commented on the importance of volunteers, referring to them as “colleagues”. He added that ‘the big society’ was the key phrase for our politicians yet the people here had been doing ‘the big society’ before politicians had even thought about it. He said they volunteers should be proud of getting the medal as it could be a long, long time before there was another Diamond Jubilee, but the medal was not just for the volunteers but also for those who support the volunteers.

“It’s recognition of what you did for your community”, said the coast guard chief.

Councilor Roberta Tuckfield. GG 1607044 12

Councilor Roberta Tuckfield. GG 1607044 12

Jennifer McGalashan said she found it humbling to think what everyone does for their community and the value the first responders were to the ambulance service.

She said: “Of course we would love to have an ambulance on every corner but it’s just not possible.”

After presenting the medals, Mrs Terry Brewis said it was “a privilege and a pleasure” to be there.

Receiving the Diamond Jubilee Medal were:

The Lord Lieutenant is presented with a bouquet by Elizabeth Penrose.'GG 1607043 12

The Lord Lieutenant is presented with a bouquet by Elizabeth Penrose.'GG 1607043 12

Port William Life Boat crew - George McKenzie, Murray Morland, Andrews Brawls, Jimmy Brawls, Kevin Howe, Desmond Kevan, Gavin Lockhart, Campbell McCaig, James McLean, Ross Morland, George Murray, Rhona Morland, Audrey Kevan, John Kevan, Julie Horner and Dave Horner.

Fleet Bay Boat Crew - John McConchie, Kerr McConchie, Murray McConchie, Duncan McConchie.

Port William First Response Team - Moira Adams, Angie Ashton, Pam Bellis, Shaun Dodds, Jan Freeman, Marion Kay, Ethel Lockhart, Kate Morland, Allan Murphie, Tim Pavitt, Fiona Pomfret and Linda Robinson.

Garlieston First Response Team - George Paterson.

Port William First Resonders, Marion Kay, Fiona Pomfret, Kate Morland, Ethel Lockheart, Tim Pavitt, Moira Adams, Shaun Dodds, Allan Murphie. Sitting, Pam Bellis, Jennifer McGlashan CRDO, Scottish Ambulance Service, Mrs Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire and Murray Morland. GG 1607042 12

Port William First Resonders, Marion Kay, Fiona Pomfret, Kate Morland, Ethel Lockheart, Tim Pavitt, Moira Adams, Shaun Dodds, Allan Murphie. Sitting, Pam Bellis, Jennifer McGlashan CRDO, Scottish Ambulance Service, Mrs Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire and Murray Morland. GG 1607042 12

Isle of Whithorn First Response Team - Andrew Cosh, Kay Lewis and Kevan McGuire.

First responders from both Garlieston and Isle of Whithorn, George Paterson, Garlieston, Andrew Cosh IoW, Kevan McGuire, IoW, Ruby Bell, IoW. Seated, Jennifer McGlashan CRDO, Scottish Ambulance Service and Mrs. Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire. GG 1607041 12

First responders from both Garlieston and Isle of Whithorn, George Paterson, Garlieston, Andrew Cosh IoW, Kevan McGuire, IoW, Ruby Bell, IoW. Seated, Jennifer McGlashan CRDO, Scottish Ambulance Service and Mrs. Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire. GG 1607041 12

Fleet Bay Inshore Rescue, Kerr McConchie, Murray McConchie, John McConchie, Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant, David Thompson, HM Coastguard. GG 1607040 12

Fleet Bay Inshore Rescue, Kerr McConchie, Murray McConchie, John McConchie, Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant, David Thompson, HM Coastguard. GG 1607040 12

Port William Lifeboat Crew, back row, Audrey Kevan, Rhona Morland, Sean Williams, Gavin Lockheart, John Kevan, Ross Morland, George Murray, Dave Horner, Campbell McCaig and Julie Horner. Front, George Murray, Chairman, Mrs. Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire, David Thompson, Coastal Safety Manager, HM Coastguard, Murray Morland, Cox. GG 1607039 12

Port William Lifeboat Crew, back row, Audrey Kevan, Rhona Morland, Sean Williams, Gavin Lockheart, John Kevan, Ross Morland, George Murray, Dave Horner, Campbell McCaig and Julie Horner. Front, George Murray, Chairman, Mrs. Terry Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire, David Thompson, Coastal Safety Manager, HM Coastguard, Murray Morland, Cox. GG 1607039 12