Kyle RNLI pay tribute to Pat

In 2015 Pat (centre) received the RNLI’s Gold Medal for her services and fundraising efforts.

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Kyle RNLI lifeboat with the yacht under tow on Monday. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F29 Yacht Under Tow 2
Kyle RNLI lifeboat in action. Photograph: Kyle RNLI.

Kyle RNLI stalwart Pat Mucklow, aged 86, who was heavily involved in the running of the lifeboat station from its inception in 1995 died last week.

Pat was a mainstay of Kyle lifeboat station. She attended all of the early planning
meetings in the early 1990s when the need for a lifeboat station in Kyle was first muted
before becoming the lifeboat station treasurer once it was set up.

She later also became treasurer of the local fundraising branch, was the charity boxes secretary for 18 years and the souvenir secretary for 12 years. In 2015, Pat received the RNLI’s Gold Medal for her services and fundraising efforts for, at that time, her 55 years of dedication to the charity.

Pat was the first woman in Scotland to get a boatman’s licence and in 1960 she was
one of the first female crew members in the RNLI when she became part of the lifeboat
crew in Mallaig, donning her oilskins and assisting hundreds of vessels over the years.

Pat moved to Kyle 50 years ago when her previous employer died. She started
work at the boat yard and was soon a well recognised and liked member of the
community.

A crew spokesman said: ‘Pat was a much-loved member of the lifeboat station, and
was known throughout the area for all of her hard work for the RNLI and the other
charities she volunteered for.

‘Whether that was travelling hundreds of miles a month collecting and counting donation boxes, sitting in the local supermarket with a lifeboat bucket chatting to all the customers and collecting donations, or attending all of the local open days, gala days or table sales selling RNLI goods and her own homemade marmalade to help raise funds for the station.’

Pat’s funeral took place on Wednesday June 15 in Kyle Church, before she
was laid to rest in Balmacara cemetery.

Photograph: In 2015 Pat, centre, received the RNLI’s Gold Medal for her services and fundraising efforts. NO_F24_PatMucklow_KyleRNLI

Extra pic (July 2021): Kyle RNLI lifeboat. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F29 Yacht Under Tow 2