Santa's storytelling at Tobermory RNLI lifeboat station a festive success

Lifeboats News Release

Santa's visit to Tobermory lifeboat station was a huge success with £400 raised for the town's Christmas lights fund.

Santa's Grotto at Tobermory lifeboat station garage - before and after

RNLI/Nettie Wood

Santa's Grotto at Tobermory lifeboat station garage - before and after

The garage at the lifeboat station was converted into a magical grotto with the assistance of Santa's 'little helpers', fundraisers Nettie Wood and Helen Foster. Around 130 children came to listen to Santa tell a story by the fire and then receive an individual present from him. The festive spirit was in evidence all along Tobermory's iconic Main Street with shops and businesses open late for Christmas shopping and offering refreshments. At the lifeboat station, children were able to go upstairs and enjoy home made biscuits and juice with some mulled wine for the adults. At 7pm, Santa took a brief rest from his storytelling to join fundraisers and crew to watch the switch on of the town Christmas lights.

Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: 'It was wonderful to host Santa at the station this year and to see so many children enjoy a festive tale. This was a real team effort. The garage looked spectacular thanks to the hard work of Helen, Nettie, the fundraisers and crew. The lifeboat shop was open too thanks to Karen Malcolm and Penny Goode. We're really pleased to have done a little bit to support the town Christmas lights fund, so a big thanks to all the families who came along to help raise £400.'

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

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