AN INTERESTING talk by Keith Newey on the history and present day work of HM Coastguard was related to the GSK Retirement Club last Tuesday.
When the service started in 1822 it was operated by H.M. Customs. Afterwards it was operated by ex-Navy personnel until the Crimean War.
During the time Coastguards were employed for bomb disposal, no persons lost their lives.
Keith recalled stories of the breeches buoy being used at Usan. Montrose was the first station to have a specialised mud rescue team. There are now nine teams in Scotland.
The afternoon ended with a video telling all aspects of Coastguard involvement around the British Isles and of the help given to other nations.