Fundraising auction sheds light on RNLI

From left, James Mackenzie, Head Launcher, Clem Green of Greens Greengrocers, Jim Elder of May Rock Fabrication and Barry Gourlay, Senior Helmsman of the Anstruther Inshore Lifeboat.
From left, James Mackenzie, Head Launcher, Clem Green of Greens Greengrocers, Jim Elder of May Rock Fabrication and Barry Gourlay, Senior Helmsman of the Anstruther Inshore Lifeboat.

When Clem Green took over the greengrocers in Crail, he needed somewhere to work from while he set about renovating the shop.

The solution was to build a large shed that for a few months would act as a temporary market place as well as a workshop and office.

The new ‘shop’ soon became a local talking point as an ‘honesty shed’, with Clem trusting his customers to serve themselves, including weighing and bagging their own shopping and leaving money in an honesty box.

However, with the work on the premises completed, it was time to ‘shed’ the temporary shop. But rather than just dismantle and move it, Clem decided to use it to raise funds for the RNLI and donate to the local lifeboat station at Anstruther.

Recently Jim, true to his word, held a public auction and sold the shed to the highest bidder – May Rock Fabrications of Anstruther – for the grand sum of £500.

Clem said the shed had served its purpose and customers had enjoyed using it.

That it had prompted such a positive response in the town was another reason he wanted it to end on a high by raising money for charity.

Among the bidders on hand for the auction, and delighted at the result, were lifeboatmen Barry Gourlay, senior helmsman of the Inshore Lifeboat, and head launcher James Mackenzie.