Top RNLI honour presented to Bute volunteer

Anne Speirs receives her RNLI Gold Badge from the Rev Owain Jones, minister of the United Church of Bute.
Anne Speirs receives her RNLI Gold Badge from the Rev Owain Jones, minister of the United Church of Bute.

A Bute volunteer’s tireless fund-raising efforts for the RNLI over more than 30 years have earned her the charity’s top accolade this week.

Anne Speirs was presented with an RNLI Gold Badge at the United Church of Bute’s monthly service in Port Bannatyne village hall.

Normally RNLI volunteers in line for the honour are invited to London or Perth for the ceremony, but Anne was keen for the presentation to take place in the midst of a community which has been a staunch supporter of the British Isles’ lifeboats for many years.

Among those watching the presentation at this week’s service were pupils from North Bute Primary School in the village, where Anne taught before her retirement and where sales of RNLI memorabilia were - and, indeed, still are - a regular feature of the school’s calendar.

“I asked to have the presentation here because the children of North Bute have been amazing in supporting the lifeboats over the years,” Anne said, “and so have the whole community.”

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