Busiest Islay RNLI Open Day Yet

Lifeboats News Release

Port Askaig pier was the venue again for this year's RNLI Islay Open Day on Sunday 5th August.

Islay lifeboat

RNLI/Martin Fish

Islay lifeboat

The fundraising volunteers and members of the crew organised the car parking, manned the stalls, provided the the teas and supervised tours of the Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II, while Tàlan and Eddie Brown and Friends provided the music, Ella Edgar’s highland dancers gave a wonderful display and Ian Gibson manned the microphone with sound provided by Dugald Cameron.

From the beefburger and hot dog stall through to rope throwing, the coconut shy, rifle shooting, goal scoring, deciding the very large crabs’ and lobster’s weight to steering the model lifeboat in the pool or deciding on the doll’s birthday, there was something for everybody to do.

An enormous thank you goes to this dedicated team for all their hard work before hand and on the day in making this event such a success. Thanks also to all who so generously donated baking, bottles, raffle prizes, fresh produce and donations. However an equally big thank you must go to all the islanders and visitors who came to Port Askaig to lend their support to this vital charity and whose generosity raised fifty per cent more money than last year, making it our busiest Station Open Day yet.

RNLI media contacts: Heather Dewar, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer at Islay, on 01496 840600 (H) and Islay lifeboat station on 01496 840608, email heather.dewar@outlook.com

Or Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Manager for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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