Lifeboat Open Day draws tributes from councillors

A stall offered fresh fish.
A stall offered fresh fish.

This year’s Fraserburgh Lifeboat Open Day took place on the morning of Saturday, June 7, hundreds of locals turning out to support the lifesaving charity which remains an important part of local life to this day.

The festivities started with a parade through the town centre, led by the Royal British Legion band, members of the Fraserburgh lifeboat’s crew and volunteers taking centre stage as the town, at large, celebrated the vital roles they play in saving lives at sea.

“It was fantastic and really bright,” commented long-serving community councillor John Lovegrove about the feel of the day, laying special praise on the RBL band for their performance.

This year’s open day had taken place at the fishmarket, the area usually used for the annual open day, near the lifeboat station itself, closed off due to ongoing deepening works at the harbour, something that did not seem to ward off any visitors to the ever-popular fundraising event.

“It’s a fantastic event,” Councillor Brian Topping told us.

“They are, by all accounts, an emergency service, and I think one that folk have a very warm affection for. A lot of people have a great sense of pride in the RNLI.

“I, personally, pay tribute to the unsung heroes. You see the station, but you just sometimes don’t realise it’s them putting their lives at risk until you need them,” he added.

Between meeting the crew - and having the option to throw wet sponges at them - visitors to the open day could treat themselves to a plethora of refreshments, games, and stalls, local dancers and demonstrations taking place on the main stage throughout the day.

Councillor Hamish Partridge said: “The RNLI is a very important organisation, and seeing the amount of people who turned out to support the dedicated team of the Fraserburgh station on the fundraising day was fantastic.

“Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and congratulations has to be given to the dedicated volunteers, both crew and fundraisers, for a fantastic event once again.”