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