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Tobermory will become Honolulu for this year’s Lifeboat Day

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory will become Honolulu for the day on Sunday 13th August as the town’s annual Lifeboat Day takes on a Hawaiian theme.

Tobermory Womble

RNLI/Sam Jones

Tobermory Womble will be making a guest appearance at this year's Lifeboat Day

Locals and visitors, young and old are invited to dig out their Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and join the fun which will be centred on Tobermory harbour. There will be a Hawaiian fancy dress parade, senior and junior raft races (lifejackets to be worn) and the usual fun and frivolity with a variety of games and stalls. Tobermory RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, will be alongside the pontoons and open to the public and there will also be a lifeboat exercise in the bay. The day will run from noon until 4pm.

The night before Lifeboat Day (Saturday 12th August), the Mishnish Hotel will be transformed into a cruise ship to get the festivities under way in style. Everyone is very welcome and ‘passengers’ and ‘crew’ are encouraged to dress accordingly. There will be live music from Tobermory’s answer to Jane Macdonald, former cruise ship singer, Robert Farrell.

Tobermory RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: ‘We very much look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to this year’s Lifeboat Day. Whatever the weather there will be a tropical feel to the day as we bring a little bit of Hawaii to the Hebrides.’

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tobermory RNLI on 07747601900 or email

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