Penicuik man’s achievements are recognised with award

Bryan Finlay receives the 125th anniversary Certificate of Merit from HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Commonwealth President of the Royal Life Saving Society.
Bryan Finlay receives the 125th anniversary Certificate of Merit from HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Commonwealth President of the Royal Life Saving Society.

A former Penicuik Citizen of the Year has been honoured for his contribution to the valuable work of the Royal Life Saving Society.

Bryan Finlay was among 125 members of the society to be presented with the HRH Prince Michael of Kent 125th anniversary Certificate of Merit.

His Royal Highness is the Commonwealth President of the RLSS and approved the special anniversary edition of his Certificate of Merit. The society celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

The award is made to individuals whose voluntary contribution and achievements have significantly impacted on the society and its work, or have represented the society in an exemplary way, in particular in the fields of sport, youth and drowning prevention.

Recipients of the certificate came from the UK, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and St Lucia.

Later that day members attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Michael of Kent to mark the anniversary. The event was also attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

A volunteer organisation, The Royal Life Saving Society is dedicated to the prevention of drowning and was established in England in 1891.