Dunbar Volunteer Mark Honoured for 20 Years Service

Dunbar Lifeboat 2nd coxswain Mark Anderson has been recognised for two decades of saving lives at sea with a long service award. 

 Mark Anderson (centre) receives his long service badge from coxswain Gary Fairbairn (left) and lifeboat operations manager (LOM) Dave Anderson (right).  (Photo: Gaz Crowe)

Mark Anderson (centre) receives his long service badge from coxswain Gary Fairbairn (left) and lifeboat operations manager (LOM) Dave Anderson (right).

(Photo: Gaz Crowe)

Mark, 58, joined the crew in 1998 a few years after moving to the town from Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, to work in the cement factory. Since then he has risen to the position of 2nd coxswain and has become an integral part of the station. Although he recently retired from the cement works, he plans to continue with the role he loves – helping those in trouble.

Mark said: “When I joined the RNLI I never thought I’d see so much of the country and coastline and it gives me great pride to think of the shouts I’ve been on and the people I’ve been able to help. There have been some great times and some sad moments, which you have to cope with, but on the whole I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Although my family didn’t have a maritime background, I have always been into boats and, if I had my time again, I might well have taken a job that allowed me to go to sea.

“Being part of the lifeboat crew has given me a chance to do something for the community. You have to make sacrifices but it’s been worth it.”

Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn paid tribute to Mark’s service. He said: “It’s been an honour to serve with Mark for 20 years through thick and thin and he deserves this recognition.”

Mark was presented with his long service badge at the station this week. He joins fellow crew members Alistair Punton, 2nd mechanic, deputy launching authority Denholm Horsburgh and Gary Fairbairn in reaching such a milestone.