Memorial seat is unveiled for Dunbar doctor

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A new seating area unveiled at Dunbar harbour is a permanent memorial to local GP Dr Tom Badger in memory of his connection with the RNLI.

Dr Badger, who came to Dunbar in 1978 with his wife Wendy, died, aged 59, in 2010. He was the official doctor for the lifeboat crew for over 25 years and had been an active participant in several organisations including Sea Cadets, Grammar School Board, Round Table and Dunbar Rotary Club. He was instrumental in developing the two medical centres constructed in the town since 1986 and was a well-respected member of Dunbar’s wider community.

Project managers, Dunbar Harbour Trust, commissioned the memorial bench and appointed architect and chair of Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group, Pippa Swan to design the seating.

Her innovative ideas have been turned into reality by stonemason Jason Hoffman of Stone Inspired with carved inscription by Gardiner Mulloy, and groundworks by local firm, A G Thompson.

Dunbar Rotaryalso provided a plaque incorporated into the design to mark their 50th anniversary.

Funding for the bench has come from East Lothian Council’s Civic Pride Fund with other contributions from the Rotary club, RNLI and Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group.

Robin Hamilton from the harbour trust said: “Reaction to the project from the public and from harbour users has been very favourable.

“The bench will be a real asset to the vicinity where locals and visitors alike will be able to rest and enjoy great views over the harbour. It is also a fitting tribute to Tom by the community which he so ably served for so many years”.