Stories sought on history of Arran lifeboat service

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A volunteer at the Arran RNLI researching the history of the lifeboat service on the island and learning more about how things have progressed over the last half century.

Amanda Pirie, who takes care of care of press releases, social media and promotion for the Arran RNLI, is compiling the history as the charity looks towards their 50th anniversary celebrations in July.

It was in 1970 that the Lamlash lifeboat station was established with a D class lifeboat, a far cry from the sophisticated Atlantic 85 class B-876 Rachel Hedderwick which has been in service since July 2014.

Amanda told the Banner: ‘I would love to hear from you if you have any stories to tell about lifeboats here on Arran, whether you’ve been crew, supporter, or an interested patron. Or any interesting stories or photos about the people who have served the RNLI on the island over the past 50 years.

‘I’m particularly interested in old photos as I’m trying to piece together a visual timeline. I would also love to hear from anyone who has been rescued by the crew and would be happy to talk about it.’

Amanda can be contacted on facebook via messenger, or at or by post to Springridge, 11 West Mayish Road, Brodick.


The Rachel Hedderwick is put through her paces at a recent open day. NO_B28_RNLI_01