St Abbs RNLI celebrate 100 years of lifesaving

A presentation was made to crew of St Abbs lifeboat and invited guests at a reception at St Abbs Community Centre, to mark the station's 100th anniversary
A presentation was made to crew of St Abbs lifeboat and invited guests at a reception at St Abbs Community Centre, to mark the station's 100th anniversary

St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat Station has been helping to save lives for a hundred years.

The station recently held a celebration to mark its 100th anniversary and a presentation was made to crew and invited guests at a reception at St Abbs Community Centre.

More than 80 people watched on as Lifeboat Operations Manager, Alistair Crowe, was presented with an anniversary vellum on behalf of the station.

Alistair said the afternoon had gone extremely well. He said: “We were delighted to see so many people turn out for the day, it’s a special moment for us all at St Abbs and one that we are very proud of and will treasure.”

The lifeboat service at St Abbs was first started when a Danish cargo ship ran aground in severe weather onto the rocks known as the ‘Ebb Carrs’. Jane Hay witnessed the accident and went on to campaign for a lifeboat to be located at St Abbs.

One hundred years ago they used open top boats with very little protective gear, but now the RNLI goes to sea with the best gear possible, paid for by voluntary donations from the public.

Everyone involved with the station would like to thank Trotters family bakers, Morrisons of Berwick, Jusrol of Berwick, and Rialto of Eyemouth for their donations, and to Ewan Galloway and Michael Wilson for the music which helped make the event a special day to remember. Thanks also go out to everyone who has supported St Abbs over the last 100 years.

This year’s St Abbs lifeboat Gala Day will be held on Saturday, July 30.