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Sun and fun at the Macduff lifeboat gala day

Lifeboats News Release

Once again the sun shone on Macduff for the Macduff Royal National Lifeboat Institution gala day.

Whitehills Harbour Commissioners presenting the RNLI with a Cheque for £750 in front of Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald with Stormy Stan

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Whitehills Harbour Commissioners presenting the RNLI with a Cheque for £750
1000's of people from the local community and further afield came to Macduff to visit the gala and to support the RNLI.

As well as four lifeboats, Lydia Macdonald from Macduff, William Blannin from Buckie, Willie and May Gall from Fraserburgh and the now privately owned Douglas Currie, representatives from Police Scotland and HM Coastguard attended the event.

There was a varied programme of entertainment during the day, with local musicians and dancers performing for the crowds.

Mike Rawlins, Lifeboat Press Officer, said: 'the crowds this year were even larger than at our last event in 2015. We estimated that over 4000 people came to the harbour and fish market during the day.

'Again the weather was good to us, the wind dropped, and the sun shone for most of the day.

'Our Community Safety Team checked 38 life jackets this year, and although no one life jacket was perfect, no major faults were found. The team also gave safety advice to 178 people during the day.'

During the gala, Whitehills Harbour Commissioners presented the RNLI with a cheque for £750 which they had raised from events in Whitehills.

Roy Morrison, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Macduff RNLI, said: 'Once again I have to thank you to the community and businesses of Macduff and along the coast for all their support. It is only with their continued support that we can host this event.

'Our gala day raises a significant amount of money, which we use locally to help continue our work saving lives at sea.'

Roy continued: 'I also have to say thank you to the volunteers at the station, the crew and the fundraisers, both of these groups put in an enormous amount of time and effort, planning the day, visiting local businesses for donations and of course running the event itself, without them giving up their time to organise things, we wouldn't have a gala.'

RNLI Macduff Coxswain, Chassey Findley said: 'The gala was a great day, it was fantastic to see so many people from the communities along the coast coming to support us again.

'It was great to welcome the volunteer crews and boats from our flank stations of Fraserburgh and Buckie in to Macduff for the day.

'As well as being a fun event for all the family it allows us to promote the ongoing RNLI Respect The Water campaign. Respect The Water is designed to educate people who use the coast for work and leisure of the risks and what to do if they end up in the water.

'During the day our crew members were able to speak to the public about what measures they can take to stay safe while enjoying our beautiful coastline and beaches.'

Notes for editors

  • Macduff lifeboat gala took place on Sunday 20 August, 11 am – 4 pm, at Macduff Harbour
  • Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew
  • Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise
  • Douglas Currie was stationed at Macduff until 1985 when she was transferred to Fraserburgh RNLI. She is now privately owned
  • Buckie lifeboat is a Severn Class named William Blannin
  • Fraserburgh lifeboat is a Trent Class named Willie and May Gall
RNLI media contacts:

Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Banff Castle Pipe Band playing to the crowds with lifeboat in the foregound

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Banff Castle Pipe Band playing to the crowds
RNLI Community Safety advisor Phil Denham carrying out a life jacket safety check

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

RNLI Community Safety advisor Phil Denham carrying out a life jacket safety check
Stormy Stan with RNLI Macduff volunteers Paul Galloway & Stuart Milne with RNLI Buckie lifeboat in the background

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Stormy Stan

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