Father and son team’s RNLI efforts are praised

Ian, Sir Timothy and Alistair
Ian, Sir Timothy and Alistair

The efforts of a father and son team who between them have contributed almost 50 years of service to Kirkcudbright RNLI were recognised last week.

Alistair Gillone, a former Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy, joined the crew in 1988 and was presented with a bronze statuette marking his time as Deputy Launching Authority – a role he still holds today.

And his son Ian, Deputy Chief Engineer on the Queen Elizabeth, received a 20-year long service medal.

Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, leading the RNLI coastal review team visiting ccrews across the country, presented the awards.

Alistair said “It has been a privilege to be involved with the RNLI over the years.”

After Alistair became involved in the Lifeboat crew in the 80s, Ian soon followed and tagged along to the boathouse to help when the first new Atlantic Class Lifeboat arrived in the town. He then joined the shore crew and later became part of the boat crew. He is now one of the helmsmen on the “Sheila Stenhouse.”

Both father and son have vivid memories of stand-out rescues including some at The Isle of Whithorn and on the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm.

Rab Thomson, Chairman of Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Branch said: “Both men have continued a long tradition of families serving the Lifeboat.”