Anstruther lifeboat competition captures the imagination of 10 local schools
Anstruther RNLI will be presented with a new D class lifeboat replacing the current Rotary Centenary Queen which has served since April 2007. It was decided by the crew to turn to children at schools in the East Neuk of Fife to name the new £48,000 boat
Each class within the nine primary schools and one secondary school were tasked to come up with the best three suggestions of what to name the new boat. Guidelines for the competition included not to make reference to other boats and to avoid some of the superstitions that surround sea fairing communities. After each class had selected the best contenders for the competition, a shortlist was then submitted to the RNLI for initial approval.
It was then back to the schools to come up with one overall winner and take the competition to the concluding stage where 10 final names will be decided at the upcoming Anstruther lifeboat Open Day on Saturday 28 May. We are delighted to announce that the winning name will be decided by Scottish actress and special guest Katrina Bryan.
Katrina, who is best known for her role in Taggart, will be at Anstruther to carefully consider all 10 entries and announce the winner at the conclusion of the annual station open day.
Station coxswain Michael Bruce said ‘it is a competition that has excited the children in schools in the area that are served by both our all-weather and D class lifeboats and it is great to capture their support and imaginations. Our crew attended each school to deliver the details of the competition which, in turn, allows us to further strengthen the relationship with the young people of the East Neuk and educate of the importance of sea safety in a fun and exciting way’
Anstruther will officially take receipt of the new D class later this year and this boat will replace the Rotary Centenary Queen who, since 2007, has taken part in over 130 shouts rescuing over 90 people.
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