50 years of saving lives in Kinghorn

Next year will mark a big milestone in the life of the Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat – it will be its 50th birthday.

And the lifeboat’s volunteer crew hopes that the big anniversary will be a real community event, as local people have played a major role in its life so far.

Kinghorn Lifeboat station

Kinghorn Lifeboat station

The station opened in 1965, and since then it has been called to attend thousands of rescues and evacuations in the Forth.

Kinghorn was chosen as the place to host a lifeboat for two main reasons: firstly due to its geographical position – it juts out into the Forth in a prime position – and was ideal to serve the surrounding area. It was also chosen because, at the time it was being suggested, the village had a very successful and thriving sailing club, from which many of its members were recruited.

To mark the Golden Anniversary a programme of events is being planned, and people in and around Kinghorn are being asked for any memorabilia they may have from over the years.

In addition the volunteer crew are keen to hear and record people’s stories of rescues and events from throughout its history.

Alan McIlravie, a long standing member of the crew, said: “We would be quite happy to go out to speak to people who may have an interesting tale to tell, or who may have some old photographs or other memorabilia from the past five decades.”

A special email address, photos@kinghorn.org.uk has been set up where photos can be sent to. Please check the terms and conditions first. Visit www.kinghorn.org.uk and details are on the front page.

Neil Chalmers, publicity officer, added: “Next year is going to be a very big year for us with the main event planned for the Bay in May, and others throughout the year. We hope as many people as possible will join in our celebrations and events and help to make it a year to remember.”

Programme of lifeboat events

A working group has planned a series of events throughout 2015.

Bill Tulloch, who has served the station throughout its history, is chairman. The programme includes the Loony Dook on January 1, an Anniversary Shindig at The Bay in May and a church service in June to re-dedicate the lifeboat and station. Other regular events on the calendar will also have a Golden theme.