After 44 years as the Club’s Boatman Colin officially retired on Friday. His career with us started as a request in 1968 to “have a look at some boats that needed some attention”. He has maintained the Club’s Pleasure Fleet ever since.
His retirement was marked on Friday night by a gathering at the Club where he and his wife Betty were the guests on honour. Messages of thanks from members were read out and handed to Colin. He was also presented with a variety of gifts bought with donations made by members and the Club.
As is tradition with long serving members of staff at Royal West, he was elected to Honorary Membership at the AGM earlier this year. He is pictured below receiving a framed certificate.
The Club also gave him a ticket for the Bordie Bowers Dinner next Sunday evening at the Tontine. He will sitting on the Club table at this event.
To encourage his continued use of the Club we also presented him a “Cup of Friendship”.
To cement his welcome to the membership of the Club he was presented with a Club blazer & tie by the Vice President.
Colin was toasted by Dick Downie on behalf of the membership. Following some words of reply from Colin he toasted Royal West.
Colin joins the very select few who have been awarded Honorary Membership of this Club.