MEET THE TEAM

We are a team of five cyclists who represent Police, Fire, Ambulance, RAF and Lockerbie Academy and hope to be joined by members of the community.

Each of the team are either residents of the town, Lockerbie Academy former pupils, first responders to the bombing of Pan Am 103, closely connected with the town, the scholarship or any combination thereof. They have the support of each of their respective organisations in this event.
PAUL RAE, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Paul Rae is a very 'well kent face' around Lockerbie. Born and bred here, Paul is a former pupil of Lockerbie Academy and has always been heavily involved in local football clubs in the town as well as a prominent participant in many of the public events such as the annual gala day.
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This year sees Paul's 20th year as a retained firefighter with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service based here in Lockerbie and is proud to carry on the high regard in which the service is held, managing to combine the training, administration and callouts with his regular day job, 24/7. The town relies on the dedication of a team of part time firefighters like Paul, who must be available to drop everything and scramble to the station at any given moment.
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DAVID 'HEAVY' WHALLEY. B.E.M. MBE RAF Mountain Rescue

It’s quite something when you phone the RAF and the first person you speak to on the switchboard knows who you're talking about. That happened when I made a call enquiring about David Whalley, or 'Heavy' as he is better known to his former colleagues.

He called me, having been alerted to Cycle to Syracuse back in early November 2017, when several of his former RAF mountain rescue contacts told him about it. He was very eager to support and participate.

What a character!
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David “Heavy" Whalley BEM MBE was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue (MR) for 40 years. He was the Team Leader of RAF Leuchars, RAF Kinloss and Deputy Team leader at RAF Valley in North Wales. Heavy spent his last four years working in the ARCC Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss giving him a unique insight into Rescue in the UK.
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DAVID WALPOLE Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service, Annan/Lockerbie

David was a bank manager for thirty years, before locking up the vaults for the last time and begun a new career as a Paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service five years ago. He covers the Lockerbie and Annan areas in his new career, and when he learned of this remembrance event and the search to find someone to represent the Lockerbie emergency services, he jumped at the chance.
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BRIAN ASHER, Head Teacher, Lockerbie Academy.

Brian is the Head Teacher at Lockerbie Academy and something of a novice cyclist, taking it up specially to complete this challenge.
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Lockerbie Academy has a formal scholarship link with Syracuse University and Brian, having been in post for only 4-5 years, and has not yet attended the Remembrance event in Syracuse. He was due to attend this year in any case, but when he heard of the cycle plan, he felt it would be good for him to take the hard route and represent the school in this way. He believes passionately in positive attitudes towards mental health and wellbeing within schools and sees exercise as a key part of this.



COLIN DORRANCE, Police Scotland and Lockerbie Resident

Colin completes the line up of five cyclists doing the whole Lockerbie to Syracuse route, proudly representing Police Scotland and the former Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
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A former pupil of Lockerbie Academy, from the 1981-1986 era, he left school at age 16 in sixth year, slightly early, to become a police cadet. He turned down a chance to get into professional football, favouring the security of a long term steady career. Colin used to enjoy playing in goals for the school team and local amateur Mid Annandale club for several years. These days, the playing days are confined to padding around on a Thursday night with the over 40s!
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