RNLI shop opens again

Volunteer staff at the Portpatrick RNLI shop, left to right, Betty Muir (manager), Pat McGuffie, Jackie Still, Dorothy Young, Tom Young, Margaret Young, Larrain Gult, Betty Stevenson, Dorothy Murray, Leslie Cerexhe and Lewis McQuillan (in buggy).
Volunteer staff at the Portpatrick RNLI shop, left to right, Betty Muir (manager), Pat McGuffie, Jackie Still, Dorothy Young, Tom Young, Margaret Young, Larrain Gult, Betty Stevenson, Dorothy Murray, Leslie Cerexhe and Lewis McQuillan (in buggy).

The RNLI shop in Portpatrick re-opened on Wednesday, May 1, after a six-month closure for essential building work and re-fitting.

The lifeboat shop at Portpatrick harbour, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, has been refitted to a high standard to maximise the use of space and give shoppers and staff a light and pleasant interior.

Betty Muir, volunteer RNLI shop manager, was delighted with the new layout of the shop, which she regards as a big improvement on the previous interior.

Portpatrick Lifeboat Management Group chairman Gordon Baird paid tribute to the unsung heroes who staff the shop. He said: “This further investment in Portpatrick by the RNLI rewards the quiet band of volunteers who man the shop to collect £38,000 annually. The new shop is an asset to Portpatrick, and will attract tourists and will enhance the already high reputation of the station for fund-raising.”