Local café in Tobermory receives recognition from RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Pier Café in Tobermory has received a certificate from the RNLI’s Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, in recognition of its support for the charity which saves lives at sea.

Coxswain David McHaffie presenting Lucy Wilson of the Pier Café with the RNLI’s certificate signed by the Chief Executive Paul Boissier

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Coxswain David McHaffie presenting Lucy Wilson of the Pier Café with the RNLI’s certificate signed by the Chief Executive Paul Boissier

The Pier Café run by Lindsay MacDonald has been recognised for its outstanding support for the RNLI. As well as hosting an RNLI collection box, the Pier Café supported Tobermory RNLI’s first ever Fish Supper in October 2017. The staff not only worked flat out to serve up 120 covers but also gave up their time for free. Despite the miserable weather, locals and visitors turned out in force to eat in or ‘carry oot’, raising £752 to help save lives at sea.

More recently, Lindsay and the Pier Café organised prawn cocktails to serve at Lifeboat Day on 12 August 2018. Lindsay managed to source donations of 800 prawns from local fishermen. On the day they sold out in a fraction of the time that it took Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew to shell them.

Lindsay’s partner, Johnny Macfarlane, a local fishing boat skipper, flies a ‘Respect The Water’ flag from his fishing boat, MV Highlander.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie, who presented the certificate to the Pier Café, said: ‘Lindsay and the staff at the Pier Café have been rightly recognised for the support which they give to the RNLI. We’re very grateful for the generosity of Lindsay, her staff and her customers.’

Notes to editors

The Pier Café has recently featured in the RNLI’s online magazine, follow this link: https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2018/august/do-you-want-vinegar-with-that?_ga=2.676...

The photos are as follows:

· Coxswain David McHaffie presenting Lucy Wilson of the Pier Café with the RNLI’s certificate signed by the Chief Executive Paul Boissier;

· Chef Paul Jakiel and staff Katy McAdam and Hannah Noble at Tobermory RNLI’S Fish Supper in October 2017;

· David and Volunteer Crew Iain ‘Ogg’ Mackenzie shelling prawns before Lifeboat Day.

For further information, please contact Tobermory RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones on 07747 601900 or samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk.

Chef Paul Jakiel and staff Katy McAdam and Hannah Noble at Tobermory RNLI’S Fish Supper in October 2017

RNLI/Sam Jones

Chef Paul Jakiel and staff Katy McAdam and Hannah Noble at Tobermory RNLI’S Fish Supper in October 2017
Coxswain David and Volunteer Crew Iain ‘Ogg’ Mackenzie shelling prawns before Lifeboat Day

RNLI/Sam Jones

Coxswain David and Volunteer Crew Iain ‘Ogg’ Mackenzie shelling prawns before Lifeboat Day

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