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Invergordon Lifeboat Open Day returns raising £2700 for the charity

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon RNLI held the first Open Day since 2019 due to the covid outbreak at Invergordon Lifeboat station on Saturday 2 September 2023 raising vital funds for the charity that saves lives at sea with the sun shining.

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023
The event lasting six-hours welcomed everyone, from the local community, supporters, to visitors to the port aboard the Cruise Liner ‘Island Princess’ who all participated in day helped raise £2700 for the charity.

Throughout the day anyone wanting to learn about the RNLI, had the opportunity to sign onto the informative Lifeboat Tours around our Launch a Memory Shannon Class ‘Agnes AP Barr’, delivered by our dedicated volunteer Visits Team and volunteer crew, which proved very popular. These are held in depth every Sunday until the end of October and are available to book on-line via the link on the stations social media channels.

SAR Partner Organisations such as Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard were also present providing safety information and advice on a variety of topics to visitors and ensuring the children and adults alike were kept on their toes with the siren tests.

Ann Noble School of Highland Dancers entertained the crowd with a set of six amazing dances. Ted Miller was showcasing his outstanding collection of model Lifeboats, the fundraising crew done and marvellous job of ensuring everyone was fed at watered by the return of the RNLI BBQ, with teas, coffee and a range of cake and home baking on offer also.

Also entertaining the crowd was Face painting, RNLI Souvenirs,Tombola and the Raffle with a special edition bottle of 60th Anniversary Invergordon Distillery Whisky as top prize donated by Invergordon Distillery’s Shane Healy

A firm favourite for all and new to the scene was the Pig Racing, where a crew of six fluffy pigs take the starting line, complete with jockeys race to the finish line, with the winner taking home the treats.

This year saw the station’s Shannon Class lifeboat take to the stage for her first open day demonstration since arriving on station in 2020, showing her manoeuvrability, rescue techniques and speed to the crowd with her crew of six and 9500 additional crew-mates on her RNLI 13-37 port and starboard decals while simulating a person in the water exercise.

Invergordon RNLI Press Officer and volunteer crew member Michael MacDonald said “Invergordon RNLI relies on charitable donations from supporters to fund its lifesaving emergency service. The money raised from the day and through donations can contribute to the lifeboat services in many ways; from gaining equipment and kit to training crew members. We would like to thank everyone who supported our day and look forward to seeing you all next year for the stations 50th Anniversary and the RNLI’s 200th Anniversary.”

Notes to editors

Invergordon RNLI is based at Shore Road, Invergordon IV18 0EX. The volunteers crew a Shannon Class Lifeboat ‘Agnes AP Barr’. The station was founded in 1974 and celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2024 along with the RNLI’s 200th Anniversary.

RNLI media contacts

Michael MacDonald, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07751 204647, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023
Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023
Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI Open Day 2023

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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