Nan calls it a day after 38 years of service

Nan Letton with colleagues from the Queensferry RNLI
Nan Letton with colleagues from the Queensferry RNLI
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RNLI volunteer Nan Letton is calling it a day after 38 years of helping to raise funds at the Queensferry lifeboat station.

Nan (91) began volunteering back in 1975 when the RNLI station was the old ticket office used by the ferries that ran between North and 
South Queensferry. In those days, there was no shop as such and Nan kept all the goods in her home 
and carried them down to the station.

Even when a specially-built station was created on the Hawes Pier, Nan and her colleagues Rose Ritchie and Mabel Leil were left exposed to the elements serving the public in all weathers.

Earlier this year, a new purpose-built lifeboat station with a dedicated shop area was created where Nan could sell RNLI goods in comfort.

But after suffering a broken hip, she has decided to stand down.

Richard Smith, spokesman for the RNLI Scotland, said: “The RNLI is enormously grateful to Nan for her tremendous support and her enthusiasm in selling items for the RNLI for almost 40 years. We are indebted to her for her loyal service and wish her well in her retirement.”

Nan is seen here receiving gifts from Sir Jack Stewart Clark, hon president of RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station (right) and David Steel, chairman of the local fundraising group, with crew members and fellow fundraisers.