Century-and-a-half of public service recognised

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CARNOUSTIE honoured over 150 years of Coastguard service at a presentation last week.

In recognition of this Carnoustie Community Council and Carnoustie Gala Committee hosted a reception in the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland on Friday evening.

Receiving quaichs to mark their long service were Lindsay Martin (35 years), Norman Fox (36 years), Jim Ritchie (41 years) and Steve Parsley (41 years).

The four Coastguards, who are all now recently retired, have participated in many search and rescue operations along the Carnoustie coastline as well as a number of community initiatives.

The Carnoustie Coastguard Association, which was formed in the 1980s, has been responsible for a number of community activities, including the bonfire night display.

It originally started at the Coastguard Station in Ballister Park but as the event grew in popularity it migrated to its present home at the Black Slab.

The bonfire night display now incorporates the Carnoustie Gala Committee’s torchlight parade creating a major public event in the town’s social calendar.

The ‘Coasties’ have helped many charities over the years with their fund-raising efforts, such as Help for Heroes.

They also regularly act as waiters at the pensioners’ parties and Burns Suppers hosted by the Royal British Legion Scotland.

The quartet were commended for their service by the HM Coastguard sector manager Robbie Robertson.

Presentations were made on behalf of Carnoustie Community Council by vice-chairman Ed Oswald and on behalf of the Gala Committee by Mary Bushnell.