Gazette editorial- Give thanks to Lifeboat volunteers

Always on call. That’s one of the mottos of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and it is no different for the volunteers at the Girvan lifeboat station.

Most people wouldn’t have thought about going out in the stormy weather last week but the Girvan Lifeboat had to respond to a call to help a vessel which had got into bother to the west of Turnberry.

Battling driving rain, high winds and freezing temperatures the Girvan crew were able to ensure that the vessel was safely docked at Troon harbour along with help from that town’s lifeboat.

Of course they then had to battle back southwards into the storm to get the Girvan Lifeboat safely back home.

The Girvan Lifeboat crew are a tremendous group of volunteers who give up their time to help save lives at sea no matter what time of day or night.

They deserve our full support particularly at major events including the Harbour Gala and their open day each year.

The news that direct train links to Glasgow could soon be lost would be a bitter blow for the economy in this area.

The Carrick Gazette applauds SAYLSA, the community rail partnership group, which is fighting to retain the services and would urge everyone to support them.

If direct services from Stranraer to Glasgow and vice versa are lost then the area will be the only one in Scotland without direct access to the central belt. That would be an unacceptable situation.