New RNLI shop opens its doors

Pictured (from left) are Donald Christian, RNLI regional retail manager; Moira Cameron, lifeboat guild chairman, and guild members Sandra Bartram, Joe Wishart, Hazel Ritchie and Victoria Galey.
Pictured (from left) are Donald Christian, RNLI regional retail manager; Moira Cameron, lifeboat guild chairman, and guild members Sandra Bartram, Joe Wishart, Hazel Ritchie and Victoria Galey.

MONTROSE Lifeboat Station’s new shop will open to the public for the first time this weekend to kickstart its first year of fund-raising.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the shop offers a selection of souvenirs, gifts, games and toys, the sale of which will directly benefit the RNLI.

Montrose Lifeboat Guild members this week received training from Donald Christian, the charity’s regional retail manager for Scotland, and their first impressions of the new shop were positive.

The guild’s fund-raising for the RNLI realised more than £16,000 last year and there are hopes the shop, the first the charity has had in Montrose, will help to boost its efforts.

Moira Cameron, guild chairman, said: “We’re delighted with it, and pleased to have a permanent outlet which is accessible to the public. It means we can have a bigger range of products than we can usually put on a souvenir stall.”

The shop has been incorporated into the new £1 million lifeboat station on Wharf Street which, although already in use, is expected to open officially later this summer.

New volunteers to help run the shop will be made welcome, and anyone interested can contact Mrs Cameron on 01674 672604. The premises will be open between 11am and 4pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, every weekend until the end of June and daily until the end of July.