THE GRAND sum of £16,216.28 was raised in the past 12 months by Montrose Lifeboat Guild, after expenses of £424.63 were deducted.
This was announced to the Guild’s annual general meeting on Wednesday in the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall, by the treasurer, Mrs Wilma Ruxton.
The chairman, Mrs Moira Cameron, reported another busy, successful fund-raising year. The money had been raised by a bridge drive, afternoon teas at a garden open day, a strawberry tea in the church hall, a quiz night, a coffee morning when Christmas cards were sold, and a variety show in the town hall.
Other sources included subscriptions and donations, collection boxes, and a street collection.
Five members of the Guild are to be honoured by the RNLI at the Scottish annual general meeting at Perth in June. They are: Gold Award - Mrs Mary Calcott; Bronze Awards - Mrs Kate Hogg, Mrs Christeen Richmond, Mrs Hazel Ritchie and Mrs Wilma Ruxton.
Mrs Helen Walker has retired as collection box convener and is being replaced by Mrs Jeannie Hannah.
Sandra Nokes and Eileen Smart have retired from the committee and their places are being taken by Mrs Fiona McKillop and Mrs Fay Wells.
Mrs Victoria Galey was elected vice-chairman with a view to her taking over from Mrs Cameron next April.
Mrs Cameron ended her report by observing that work is under way on the new shore works on Wharf Street, and she hoped they would be completed by the next AGM.
Mr Alan K. Smith was introduced as guest speaker. A retired solicitor, he is a native Montrosian and former Dux of Montrose Academy. He gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the Singin’ Lasses - Violet Jacobs and Marion Angus.
Mary Calcott proposed a vote of thanks.