The 40th Eastern Borders Development Association (EBDA) award has been won by the St Abbs independent lifeboat committee.
Their chairman Alistair Crow was presented with the award, a 3D internal-engraved glass trophy, by the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Mrs Jeanna Swan, at a special ceremony in Berwick Town Hall.
The EBDA award is the oldest of its type in north Northumberland and the eastern Borders and with this being its 40th year previous recipients were invited to the presentation ceremony at Berwick.
Selecting the St Abbs independent lifeboat committee as this year’s winner the EBDA trustees’ said: “The EBDA award recognises outstanding contributions in the social and environmental fields.
“The EBDA trustees are delighted to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the St Abbs independent lifeboat committee in securing a continuing lifeboat service for their coastal community by unanimously approving their nomination for the 40th annual EBDA award.”
“The Thomas Tunnock is a community lifeboat; the campaign to provide an independent lifeboat in the face of the RNLI’s decision was truly a community campaign and a remarkable demonstration of faith and determination.”
The lifeboat committee succeeded in raising enough money to buy their own lifeboat The Thomas Tunnock, within a year of the RNLI taking the decision to close their lifeboat station at St Abbs.