Anchors aweigh as Eden comes up with name for new lifeboat

Eden Russell, who came up with the winning name of Akira for the new Anstruther Lifeboat, with actress Katrina Bryan.
Eden Russell, who came up with the winning name of Akira for the new Anstruther Lifeboat, with actress Katrina Bryan.

It is ‘anchors aweigh’ on deciding on a name for a new lifeboat coming to Anstruther later this year.

The RNLI organised a competition with Waid Academy and local primary schools, with each class being asked to come up with three possible names for the new boat, a D class lifeboat.

Guidelines for the competition included not to make reference to other boats and to avoid some of the superstitions that surround seafaring communities.

After a shortlist was drawn up, actress Katrina Bryan was given the task of choosing the winner – Akira, submitted by Eden Russell (8), a pupil at Kirkton of Largo Primary School.

Eden explained how she came up with the name: “We went on holiday to the Isle of Skye and I was asking my parents what the Gaelic names meant. I asked about Akira and was told it meant anchor.”

Eden and her proud parents, Grant and Angela, were at a prizegiving ceremony at Anstruther on Saturday in front of more than 100 people.

Katrina, who has starred in Taggart and Nina and the Neurons, told the crowd: “It was really hard to choose a winning name from so many great entries. Eden’s name of Akira was a winner because it had a lovely sound and a nautical meaning.”

Station coxswain Michael Bruce added: “The competition has helped our volunteer crews engage with children from the schools. We were absolutely delighted that Katrina not only attended the ceremony but took a great interest in our charity.”

Eden will also be invited to the official naming ceremony of the lifeboat Akira.