Coasties’ long service honoured

Four Valedictory Certificates were presented to Carnoustie Coastguards in the Royal British Legion rooms Carnoustie on Friday evening. Pictured are, from left - Norman Fox 36 years, Steve Parsley 41 years, Peter Diamond chief coastguard, May Ritchie accepting for her husband Jim 41 years who passed away at the end of last year and Lindsay Martin 35 years.
Four Valedictory Certificates were presented to Carnoustie Coastguards in the Royal British Legion rooms Carnoustie on Friday evening. Pictured are, from left - Norman Fox 36 years, Steve Parsley 41 years, Peter Diamond chief coastguard, May Ritchie accepting for her husband Jim 41 years who passed away at the end of last year and Lindsay Martin 35 years.

OVER 150 years of service with Carnoustie Coastguard was honoured last week.

On Friday night at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms Chief Coastguard Peter Diamond presented Valedictory Certificates to local members.

Station officer Lindsay Martin, Norman Fox, Steve Parsely and the late Jim Ritchie accrued a total of 153 years of service with HM Coastguard prior to their retirals.

According to Norman Fox (64) the Coastguard was a wonderful opportunity for him. He said: “If I hadn’t joined the Coastguard there are things I would never have done. I’ve been up in a helicopter and been winched into the reed beds at Errol on exercise, at one time I was allowed to pilot the lifeboat, with the coxswain standing next to me, into Dundee harbour.”

For Lindsay Martin (65) a job well done was enough. He said: “One that always sticks in my mind was six or seven years ago when the Blue Peter Ambulance was heading to Yorkhill Hospital and it broke down on the road to Perth at Errol.

“We set up a landing site for the helicopter which came from Prestwick. We transferred the incubators and the ambulance staff into the Sea King helicopter. It was quite an achievement.”