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.”