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Girvan dances the night away in joint RNLI and Cancer Research fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

A tribute to the local folk musician Bobby Robb on 25 March raised £600 for Girvan RNLI and Cancer Research

The evening, which sold out well before the event, was organised by J P Gourlay, 22, a local musician, fourth year honours student of commercial music, and the son of Girvan Lifeboat's Operations Manager.

Bobby Robb, who founded the Girvan Folk Club, sadly passed away from cancer in 2012. However, the musical legacy he created clearly lives on as a full house of folk fans, bands and musicians descended on the Queens hotel for 4 hours of music, tales and camaraderie.

The funds raised were equally divided between Girvan lifeboat and Cancer Research, with each receiving £300 total raised on the night. The event was also streamed live across the internet attracting many views from afar.

The night was a great success and Gorlay wishes to thank the lifeboat crew who assisted on the night, the Queens hotel and staff, Bailey Guitars for supporting the event and supplying equipment, the musicians and all those who attended.

Pictured is JP Gourlay (centre) handing over the £300 to Girvan Lifeboat treasurer Billy Steel (right) with lifeboat crew John Tait (left) who also assisted on the evening with fellow crewmember Callum Govus

Girvan Lifeboat station would like to extend thanks to everyone involved in the event and for the continued support for Girvan Lifeboat.

Pictured is JP Gourlay (centre) handing over the £300 to Girvan Lifeboat treasurer Billy Steel (right) and receiving a letter of thanks with lifeboat crew John Tait (left) who also assisted on the evening

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Fundraiser JP Gourlay handing over the £300 raised for Girvan Lifeboat
Lifeboat Operations Manager John Gourlay singing accompanied by event organiser and son JP Gourlay on guitar

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Lifeboat Operations Manager John Gourlay singing
Lifeboat operations manager singing

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Lifeboat operations manager singing

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