RNLI supporter in Honours List

Ken Headley receiving RNLI Retail Supporter Award from HRH Duke of Kent
Ken Headley receiving RNLI Retail Supporter Award from HRH Duke of Kent

Lifetime RNLI supporter, Ken Headley from Dunbar, has been recognised in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List with a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Taking on the role of running the lifeboat station shop in the town he worked tirelessly with his wife Marie to bring in new supporters and give the shop a new lease of life.

Over five years he transformed the shop and in 2012 added Scotland’s first high street RNLI souvenir shop.

Ken took sales from under £7,000 a year to a turnover for the two shops in excess of £75,700 - turnover since 2008 is enough to pay for the Dunbar inshore lifeboat five times over.

RNLI chief executive, Paul Boissier, said: “You sometimes come across a volunteer whose single-handed efforts make a huge difference. Ken Headley is one such volunteer.”

Michael Christopher Thornton, also from Dunbar, director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland and chair of Scottish Power Foundation received an OBE for services to economic growth and the environment.

Borders MBE recipients: Fiona Hamiltion from Peebles for services the British Red Cross community transport; Philip Sidney Lusby, head of School of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; and West Linton’s Michael Kenneth Walton for raising awareness of oral cancer in the medical and dental professions. A BEM was awarded to Selkirk’s Christine Joyce Wright for service to Cancer Research.