Kinghorn RNLI Hosts Afternoon Tea

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Fundraisers held a traditional 1920’s themed Afternoon Tea on Saturday in Kinghorn Church Hall, and raised a magnificent £1,350.00.

Helm Scott McIlravie models modern PPE at Afternoon Tea event

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Helm Scott McIlravie models modern PPE

This was the third afternoon tea event held and this year the 1920’s was the theme. The Church Hall was decorated to reflect the era with tables styled in black and gold and wonderful feather centre pieces, Ladies arrived suitably attired in stylish dresses, a few in chic hats and some could not resist dressing up as 1920’s flappers.

Sheona Smith, Chair of Fundraising welcomed everyone and introduced Alan McIlravie, Lifeboat Operations Manager, who highlighted the difference between what lifeboat crew wore to go to sea in the early 1900’s and the highly technical kit that crew wear now, demonstrated by Scott McIlravie, a helm on Kinghorn Lifeboat.

The audience were interested to see how the RNLI equipment of today protects the crew and Alan explained that it costs around £2,000 for each crew, which is why fundraising events are so essential

The ladies and gentlemen were served savouries, dainty sandwiches and home baked cakes accompanied by tea and coffee in fine china, by suitably attired waitresses reminiscent of the ‘Nippies’ of the London’s Lyons Corner House.

Entertainment was provided by the Joy Aitken School of Dancing, who delighted the audience with three Hornpipe dances with a nautical theme. Later in the afternoon, the vocal group OneHeart thrilled the audience with a selection of well-known songs from the 1920’s and encouraged audience participation.

No lifeboat event would be complete without prizes and the award for ‘Best Dressed Flapper’ went to Jennifer Kinnear and beautiful arrangements of flowers went to lucky seat winners, Kate Smith and Hilary Payne.

The afternoon was rounded off with Alan McIlravie conducting a light-hearted art auction of several framed prints by famous artists. These had been kindly donated by RNLI supporters.

Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to making this Afternoon Tea so much fun, while raising essential funds for the RNLI.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

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Lucky Seat winner Kate Smith receives her prize - welly filled with flowers


Lucky Seat winner Kate Smith receives her prize
Dancers from Joy Aitken school of dance entertain supporters

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Dancers entertain supporters

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