Dunure Festival of the Sea comes to Girvan lifeboat
A Local fishing communities donation to help save lives at sea
During the summer, Girvan's volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to attend Dunure Festival Of The Sea & gala at Dunure harbour, we were delighted to be asked and used the opportunity to showcase our new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and familiarise some of the newer crew with one of the many areas we cover and navigation of the area and harbour.
We have a longstanding association with the Dunure fishing community, and have visited their previous festivals and galas in previous years, and in return they have always been keen to support and fundraise for Girvan Lifeboat.
So recently it was a real pleasure to welcome two visitors to Girvan lifeboat station in thanks of our support to their community and safe in the knowledge that Girvan Lifeboat is always available to come to the assistance of anyone who needs it around Dunure.
Cameron Kerr (Dunure Harbour Master) and William Kerr(Festival of The Sea Committee member) attended Girvan lifeboat station to meet the crew and present a cheque for the sum of £500 to Girvan RNLI in thanks for our support over the years.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cameron and William, Dunure harbour users, Dunure residents and the Festival of the Sea Committee for this generous donation and for their continued support of Girvan Lifeboat.
Dunure Festival of the Sea was set up in 2016, with the aim to raise funds to improve the local economy, maintaining and improving the harbour and surrounding area and attract visitors.
This years festival was opened by Provost Helen Mooney, and attended by over 3000 visitors, so far the festival since its inception has enabled them to put in electricity to the harbour area and pontoons, improve existing moorings, resurfacing of tarmac areas and more than doubled the available moorings for local and visiting boats, which is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work that's been put in by all.
You can find out more about Dunure Festival of The Sea by following their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dunureFOTS/
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.