lifeboat open day success

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Hundreds of locals flocked to Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station on Saturday to show their support for the local branch of the RNLI.

After a cloudy and windy start to the day the weather cleared up and the sun came out in perfect time for the festivities to start, attracting crowds and raising thousands for the station.

Commenting on the day lifeboat coxswain Victor Sutherland said: “It was really dull and windy first thing but it cleared up and the sun came out just in time for us starting.

“Around 1,200 people came down to support us and although we do not have the final total yet we are looking at a figure of over £5,000 raised from Saturday’s event.

“We are over the moon with this, the support we receive from local people is overwhelming and we can not thank everyone enough.”

This year the fish stall was one of the busiest stalls again and the flower stall took in record takings in excess of £150.

With local dancers from Karen Gibson Dance Studio, Emma Stephen Highland Dancers, 6.10 Dance Academy, entertaining the crowds along with the Invercairn Flute Band and Inferno Fire Troup in addition to the numerous stalls, tours of the lifeboat, Soak a Crew Member, Fastest Pool Player, Highest Score in Darts and a Bouncy Castle, there was something for every age group to enjoy.

The generous crowd was asked to dig deep into their pockets and raise £100 to see Victor and lifeboat engineer Gordon Ainslie, thrown into the harbour.

Exceeding this amount by a further £200 Victor said he found it “quite refreshing” compared to the boxing day dip.

The open day is one of the Lifeboat station’s main fundraisers along with the Boxing Day Dip and is well supported by the local community.

Victor added: “The crew and I would like to thank all the local organisations, businesses, fish merchants, bakers, butchers and shops for all their donations, the Post Office for the loan of the bouncy castle, Brian Topping for providing the disco and most of all the public for attending.

“We all had a fantastic day and are truly overwhelmed by the support we have received, thankyou.”

The Lucky Programme winner was Stephen and he and the other prize winners will be notified by Ian Rankin shortly.

If anyone has photographs of the day the crew would be delighted to post them on their facebook page and have asked that they be sent to Fraserburgh@rnli.org.uk