Duke of Kent to visit south-west lifeboat stations

A visit to south-west Scotland lifeboat stations by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, has been announced.

The Duke will be visiting the RNLI lifeboat stations at Kippford, Kirkcudbright, Portpatrick, Stranraer, Girvan and Troon on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May.

On the Thursday he will arrive at Kippford lifeboat station at around 2pm and will then arrive at Kirkcudbright boathouse at 3.45pm to 4.15pm.

On Friday 25 May the Duke will be at Portpatrick lifeboat station just after 9am and will then visit Stranraer lifeboat station at 9.50am and Girvan lifeboat station from 11am to 12.30pm. From Girvan the Duke will then visit Troon lifeboat station.

The Duke will present Mrs Myrna Robertson and her son John Robertson with a posthumous certificate of service for the late John Robertson, former crew member, mechanic and deputy launching authority to commemorate 43 years of service with Kippford lifeboat.

At Kirkcudbright he will present the station with a vellum to mark its 150th anniversary and Portpatrick lifeboat has its official naming ceremony on Saturday 26 May)

At Stranraer the Duke will present Eric McCune, mechanic and deputy launching authority, with a long service badge to commemorate 30 years of service with Stranraer lifeboat.

At Girvan the Duke of Kent will put on RNLI kit and go on board the Girvan lifeboat for an exercise afloat.