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Pier Cafe fish supper lands Tobermory RNLI lifeboat lifesaving funds

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An RNLI fish supper at Tobermory's Pier Cafe on Saturday night landed a whopping £752 to help Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew save lives at sea.

Coxswain David McHaffie and Mechanic Paul Gunn with Chef Paul, Katy and Hannah from the Pier Cafe in Tobermory

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Coxswain David McHaffie and Mechanic Paul Gunn with Chef Paul, Katy and Hannah from the Pier Cafe in Tobermory

It wasn’t only fish suppers on the menu at the popular café close to the lifeboat station with supporters able to also choose from sausage, black pudding and, of course, haggis. Chef Paul Jakiel and staff Katy McAdam and Hannah Noble not only worked flat out to serve up 120 covers but also gave up their time for free. Earlier in the afternoon, Tobermory’s volunteer crew and fundraisers prepared 50kg of potatoes. Despite the miserable weather, locals and visitors turned out in force to eat in or ‘carry oot’, raising £752 to help save lives at sea.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘This was the first time we have organised an RNLI fish supper and it was a huge success. We’re grateful to Paul, Katy and Hannah for their hard work and for serving up such delicious food. Thanks too to Lindsay Macdonald of the Pier Café for supporting the event and to all of the diners who so generously came out in the pouring rain.’

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For further information, please contact Tobermory RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones on 07747 601900 or samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk.

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