Former Club member Peggy Ferguson has passed away. Noel Johnston said that while the great majority of current Club members may not remember Peggy, she should not be forgotten.

Peggy was one of the many past members who helped in her own way to bring the Club to where it is today. She helped create and sustain the volunteer ethos amongst the membership. The Ferguson family, Jack, Peggy and their son Jeremy, were a significant part of the fabric of the Club in years past.

Jack was steeped in sailing in the town and he features in many photos as a member of Donaghadee Yacht Club of the 50’s and 60’s and of the team who managed the races of all those years ago. Jack and Peggy joined DSC in the early years where Jack brought his race management skills to the almost permanent Battery team which operated in the 70’s and 80’s. Hanging in the Clubhouse is a caricature of that wonderful bunch

Peggy will always remain in the memory by her smile and cheery manner and also her trademark teapot for she never seemed to be without it. Peggy was a foundation member of what today has become known as the “galley slaves”. That was in the prohibition era when tea, and sometimes coffee, were the staple restorative fluids thankfully enjoyed by the sailing fraternity.

For a time after Jack’s death Peggy resided in the apartments overlooking Lemon’s Wharf before moving into residential accommodation as her health declined.

Fiona Pritchard also remembers Peggy, saying that even after she was no longer an official Club member, she always arrived on Regatta day to give a hand.

Her son, Jeremy, who now lives and works in Scotland, paid a visit to the Club on Wednesday night.