Football match cash for Eyemouth lifeboat

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EYEMOUTH RNLI lifeboat station has received a £932 donation from a charity football match held by the RAF.

The RAF’s annual SES (survival equipment) five-aside tournament has been running for 25 years and in 2005 it was renamed the Dave Williams Memorial Shield in honour of the Eyemouth corporal, an RAF survival equipment fitter, who died along with nine other servicemen when a C-130 Hercules crashed in Iraq in January 2005.

Each year a charity is selected as the beneficiary of the money raised by the SES football tournament and this year Corporal Williams’s widow selected Eyemouth RNLI as this year’s chosen charity.

Her husband David moved to Eyemouth at a young age and went to school in the town. His relatives still live there, and as Corporal Williams had been good friends with many of Eyemouth lifeboat’s volunteers when he lived in the town his widow was keen to continue the connection.

Although David moved away from Eyemouth when he joined the RAF, in 2008 when the RAF gifted benches to the families of all ten servicemen who died in the accident, his family decided that David’s bench should stay in Eyemouth. At a special ceremony, accompanied by a flypast by a Hercules from his own station at RAF Lyneham, the bench was dedicated to Corporal Williams and placed beside Eyemouth’s war memorial on the town’s High Street as a fitting memorial.