Montrose Lifeboat Guild member Mary Calcott has been presented with her Gold Badge by Sir Andrew Cubie, deputy chairman of the RNLI.
The presentation was made during the official opening ceremony at the new Montrose Lifeboat Station
It replaces a building that was out of date and on a location which added unacceptable time to the arrival of the volunteer crew.
The facility that was opened on Saturday by Sir Andrew Cubie is located on Wharf Street, which has easy access from all directions, including the A92.
Paul Jennings, RNLI divisional operations manager, said: “The ceremony marked the completion of nearly two years of building work. This purpose-built station provides easy access to the harbour, crew parking, a changing room, space for training, a retail outlet, and a boathouse for both the inshore D class and all-weather lifeboat.”
Around 150 guests were present, and among the special attractions was a visit by a new Shannon Class boat. The Montrose Review revealed some months ago that this is the type which will replace the present vessel, RNLB Moonbeam, on station since 1989.
Still on sea trials, the RNLB Jock and Annie Slater is powered by twin water jets instead of propellers. This makes her faster and more manoeuvrable when reaching casualties.
The Shannon Class boat is due in Montrose in 2015, when it will be the first in Scotland.
The new building cost more than £1 million. A substantial amount of that came from legacies from Miss Agnes McColl Rowan, Hugh and Molly Brown and Dr Sheila Margaret Bain. The Montrose Lifeboat Guild launched a Montrose Cook Book which raised £10,000.
There were also significant contributions from Montrose Area Furniture Recycling and Distribution, and Thomas Robertson’s Charitable Trust.
A generous legacy has also funded the new Shannon boat for Montrose, with the money coming from the estate of Ruth Grant Smith. The boat will be named after her late husband Ian Grant Smith.