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Macduff Lifeboat Gala 2017

Lifeboats News Release

Four lifeboats, a visit from the Coastguard search & rescue helicopter, live music and the crew BBQ are just some of the attractions at the Macduff Royal National Lifeboat Institution Gala Day.

Crowds outside the fish market at the 2015 Macduff lifeboat gala day

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Crowds at the 2015 Macduff lifeboat gala day

Macduff RNLI lifeboat station will be holding its biennial gala day on Sunday 20 August 2017. The event which raises funds for the charity will take place on Macduff Harbour and in the Fish Market.

Volunteer Derek Mair, who is helping organise the gala said: 'we have been working hard since the beginning of the year to organise our fundraising event. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and is funded entirely by public donations. Any money we raise from our gala day is used to support our lifesaving work along the coast around Macduff.

‘I’d like to thank all the businesses and boat owners who have made donations to us so far, we are still accepting donations of raffle prizes and bottles.‘

Coxswain Chassey Findlay said: 'as well as our B-class lifeboat, Lydia Macdonald which will be displayed on the harbour with her launch vehicle, we will be welcoming our flank stations, Buckie and Fraserburgh lifeboats to Macduff. The last all-weather lifeboat to be stationed at Macduff, Douglas Currie will also be in the harbour for the day.

'Visitors will be able to go onboard, meet the crews and look at the lifeboats'

There will be a range of fundraising stalls in the fish market including, bottle stalls, home bakes, gin & whisky trail, face painting and the raffle which has a first prize of £300.

As well as the legendary crew BBQ on the harbour, this year we will also have the new Bistro 804 food area in the fish market where visitors will be able to enjoy soup, sandwiches, fine pieces and drinks.

Outside on the harbour, members of our Community Safety team will be carrying out free life jacket safety checks. They will be offering advice and information to those who use the coast and sea for work or leisure.

Mike Rawlins, Community Safety Officer at Macduff lifeboat station said: ‘At our last gala in 2015, our Community Safety team checked over 50 life jackets and found 6 that would not have worked if the person wearing it had entered the water.’

‘It is vitally important that anyone going in to or on the water for work or leisure has the correct life jacket or personal floatation device (PFDs), our Community Safety team will be able to offer advice on the correct equipment you should have for you activities.

'I would urge anyone who uses life jackets and PFDs to have them checked out at the gala. A simple five minute check and chat with the Community Safety team could save your life.’

Volunteers from HM Coastguard Banff station will be joining us for the day. They will have their vehicle on display along with some of the equipment they use.

The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter 951 from Inverness will also be doing a fly past during the day.

Notes for editors

  • Macduff lifeboat gala takes place on Sunday 20 August, 11 am – 4 pm, at Macduff Harbour and in the Fish Market, postcode AB44 1TX
  • Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew
  • Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise
  • Attendance of HM Coastguard, the search and rescue helicopter, Buckie and Fraserburgh lifeboats will be dependent on operational needs on the day
  • Douglas Currie was stationed at Macduff until 1985 when she was transferred to Fraserburgh RNLI. She is now privately owned
  • Buckie lifeboat is a Severn Class named William Blannin
  • Fraserburgh lifeboat is a Trent Class named Willie and May Gall
RNLI media contacts:

Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366 mike_rawlins@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Volunteer crew member Sonny Swann getting hit in the face by a wet sponge

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Volunteer crew member Sonny Swann getting hit in the face with a wet sponge at the 2015 gala day
The last all-weather lifeboat to be stationed at Macduff, the Douglas Currie, moored up in Macduff Harbour in 2015

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The last all-weather lifeboat to be stationed at Macduff, Douglas Currie, moored up in Macduff Harbour in 2015
RNLI poster for free life jacket safety checks

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Free life jacket safety check poster

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