Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station honoured to welcome special guests

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The RNLI’s newest station will this week be visited by the charity’s Chairman, Admiral the Lord Boyce and the Operations Director, Captain Michael Vlasto.

The RNLI branch at Leverburgh, in the Isle of Harris, recently received the news that their lifeboat station, which had been operating on a trial basis for the last 11 months, is to be made permanent.

The Chairman and the Operations Director will speak at a dedication event which is being held to mark the station being granted permanent status. The pupils of Leverburgh and Shelibost Schools will play a part in the event and the dedication service will be led by the station’s chaplain, Rev. Ruairidh MacLean.

The service will be held on Friday 3rd May, at 4.30 pm, on Leverburgh Pier.

Leverburgh RNLI Chairman, Neil Campbell, commented: “It is both an honour and a privilege for us all at Leverburgh to welcome two of the RNLI’s most senior members to our station.

“The Lifeboat has been called on 16 times in the space of eleven months, and that in itself shows the need for such a service in the area. We look forward to the event on Friday afternoon, and the chance to show Admiral Lord Boyce and Captain Vlasto the RNLI’s newest station. We are indebted to the Board of Trustees, and the RNLI’s many employees for their part in making our aspiration a reality.”

The whole community is invited to attend what is going to be a historic occasion for the coastal communities of Harris, North Uist and beyond.