Birthday celebrations for lifeboat

The 150th anniversary of Girvan Lifeboat was celebrated with a service at Girvan’s South Parish Church.

On Sunday, January 11, the church was decorated with flags, historical photographs, memorabilia, model ships and the Lifeboat teddy bears, celebrating the 150th Birthday of Girvan’s own lifeboat station.

The lifeboat crew at the tea afterwards. Picture by David Dunn

The lifeboat crew at the tea afterwards. Picture by David Dunn

A video shown in the church before the service gave an exciting view of the activities - and the bad weather - in which these Girvan volunteers serve their community.

The Girvan crew attended the service and Coxswain Robert McMaster gave a short talk stressing the importance of the team and their reliance on each other. This reflected the similar thoughts Rev Ian McLachlan had previously expressed, on serving the community.

After this it was time for the birthday cake and refreshments in the church hall. The large cake was decorated with a picture of the lifeboat. It was cut by Councillor Alex Oattes who said he was honoured to do this because of the valuable work and service the crew carry out.

Despite the bad weather, the crew were not called out at the weekend and were able to stay and enjoy their cake in the warmth inside, along with other visitors and South Church members.