New award for Dunbar RNLI

Gerard McPhillips presents the Ivor McPhillips Memorial Shield to Dunbar RNLI crewman Mark Grey
Gerard McPhillips presents the Ivor McPhillips Memorial Shield to Dunbar RNLI crewman Mark Grey

A NEW award in memory of Dunbar RNLI’s late president Ivor McPhillips has been awarded for the first time.

The memorial shield has been given with a cash prize to one of the station’s inshore lifeboat helmsmen, Mark Grey, in recognition of his outstanding service to the station.

The shield and prize money has been presented to the station by Mr McPhillips’ family to mark his 33 year connection with the station.

It is to be awarded annually to the crew member who goes the extra mile in the voluntary service.

Ivor’s son Gerard said: “My father Ivor dedicated some 33 years to the Dunbar RNLI and during that time he fought hard for the rights of the crew.

“He was always in awe of their dedication, courage and unselfishness, and therefore as a family we felt that some sort of memorial which recognised the crew would be entirely appropriate. We’re sure that Ivor would have approved.”

Dunbar station chairman David Johnston said Dunbar RNLI was grateful to the McPhillips family.

He said: “This is a wonderful idea and very much in keeping with Ivor’s ethos during his long and distinguished connection to the station.

“All our volunteers carry out demanding work often in difficult conditions but it is good to now have some way of recognising those who go that extra distance in this most worthwhile of organisations.”

Dunbar RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “Mark has been a member of the lifeboat crew for around ten years and during this time has consistently put in a huge amount of time and effort. He has contributed some outstanding work with the inshore lifeboat as a Helmsman and also with the crew training. He has also taken over the maintenance of the ILB, its tractor and the trailer as well as the station Land Rover, and is someone who can be relied upon to get things done”.

Gerard McPhillips added: “I’m sure my father would have wholeheartedly approved at the choice of Mark Grey as the first recipient of the Ivor McPhillips Memorial Shield. Mark reflects everything about the volunteer crew members which my father admired and is a perfect example of why my father held the crew in such high regard. Mark has set a very high benchmark for others to follow.”