Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A fond farewell as Deputy 2nd Coxn John Gilmour leaves for pastures new.

Yesterday was John Gilmour's last day as a volunteer at Swanage Lifeboat Station. In a few days time he and his family will be moving to Scotland to start a new chapter in their lives. John is a teacher and has got himself a headship at Craigclowan Prepatory School.

John joined us in January 2001 not long after moving to Swanage after getting a teaching job at The Old Malthouse School.
His experience in The Royal Naval soon became apparent and in early 2003 he was made an ILB Helmsman and a Navigator on the ALB.
John is a keen sailor and he was often called upon to assist on board stricken yachts.
In the summer of 2004 John was appointed as Deputy 2nd Coxswain for the station's all weather lifeboat. This would allow him to take command of the lifeboat in the Coxswain's absence.
In his time at Swanage John has been on 50 services on the ILB and 150 on the ALB. This amounts to over 320 hours at sea.

There are countless people who have benefited from John's selfless commitment to the RNLI and Swanage Lifeboat Station. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing them from time to time when they venture back down South.