Dunbar to honour both Gary and Robbie

Gary Fairbairn, who is to be prseented with Communtiy Council Cup - he is lifeboat coxswain - Dunbar Lifeboat Station

Gary Fairbairn, who is to be prseented with Communtiy Council Cup - he is lifeboat coxswain - Dunbar Lifeboat Station

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DUNBAR lifeboat coxswain Gary Fairbairn and Scottish under 17s rugby internationalist Robbie Wilson are to be honoured by the town’s community council.

Dunbar Community Council have agreed to award the Bowe Cup this year to Dunbar Grammar School pupil Robbie Wilson who has distinguished himself in the sport of rugby during 2010.

Robbie Wilson, Dunbar Grammar School -  who is to be prsented with the Bowe Cup by Community Council for rugby achievements

Robbie Wilson, Dunbar Grammar School - who is to be prsented with the Bowe Cup by Community Council for rugby achievements

Robbie represented Scotland Under 17s at the International Festival against England, Canada, and France, He also plays for the Edinburgh District Under 17 and Under 18 sides.

He has graduated from the PAiS programme and is now a tier three national academy player and receives support services through the East of Scotland Institute of Sport.

The community council has also agreed to present the Dunbar Community Council Award to Gary Fairbairn for his exceptional performance as coxswain of Dunbar lifeboat, and in particular for the rescue of Jonas and Ingrid Akerblom of Gothenburg from the yacht Ouhm on May 15, 2009

Gary was awarded the bronze medal for his prowess in this incident in 2009.

The members of the crew, Stuart Pirie, Kevin Keillor, Brian Cleator, John Watt and mechanic Kenny Peters were presented with Medal Service Certificates for the part they played in the rescue by Admiral The Lord Boyce, chairman of The RNLI, at a ceremony in Perth on June 11, 2010.

Gary was presented with the Lady Swathling trophy on October 5, 2010.

In recognition of the part played by Gary and his predecessor as coxswain, Walter Runciman Fairbairn, and by other members of the family in the history of lifeboats in Dunbar, a street at Hallhill is to be named Fairbairn Way.

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held at Hallhill on Monday, February 28, at 7.30pm.