Anstruther RNLI will be presented with a new D class lifeboat, replacing the current Rotary Centenary Queen which has served the station since April 2007.
It was decided by the crew in Anstruther to turn to the children at schools in the East Neuk to name the brand new £48,000 boat.
And the winning name will be decided later this month by a special guest – Scottish TV actress Katrina Bryan.
Each class in the area’s nine primary schools and one secondary was tasked to come up with the best three suggestions for a new name. Guidelines included not to refer to other boats and avoid some of the superstitions surrounding seafaring communities.
After each class had selected the best contenders, a shortlist was submitted to the RNLI for initial approval.
It was then back to the schools to come up with one overall winner and take the competition to the concluding stage, where 10 final names will be decided at the upcoming Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day on Saturday, May 28.
Katrina Bryan, best known for her roles in ‘Taggart’ and children’s science series ‘Nina And The Neurons’, will be in Anstruther to consider all 10 entries and announce the winner at the conclusion of the annual station open day.
Station coxswain Michael Bruce said; “This contest has excited the children in the area served by both our all-weather and D class lifeboats, and it is great to capture their support and imaginations.
“Our crew attended each school to deliver the details of the competition which, in turn, allows us to strengthen the relationship with the young people of the East Neuk and educate of the importance of sea safety in a fun and exciting way.”
Anstruther will officially take receipt of the new D Class later this year. The Rotary Queen has taken part in over 130 shouts, rescuing over 90 people.