Fifty years of saving lives at sea were celebrated when Kinghorn’s RNLI Lifeboat held its Golden Shindig at the weekend.
The sold-out event was held at The Bay in Kinghorn, when around 260 guests helped mark the golden anniversary of the station, which first became operational on June 26, 1965.
The evening’s music was provided by Northern Star, and Certificates of Appreciation from RNLI headquarters in Poole were awarded to local companies which have supported Kinghorn Lifeboat over the decades. Representatives of Briggs Marine, Exxon Chemical, and Pettycur Bay Holiday Park all received certificates.
Alan McIlravie, Lifeboat operations manager told the audience how the station had been founded and recounted some of the highlights over the years.
A booklet to mark the 50 years of service of Kinghorn Lifeboat is also being published to mark the occasion. It records the history of the station, with photographs illustrating the history and changes seen at Kinghorn since 1965.
He said: “It was great to see so many people there and we had colleagues from our flank lifeboat stations at Anstruther and South Queensferry, as well as many fantastic supporters of the station. It meant a great deal to us all.”
Paying tribute to the companies which have contributed in both cash and kind over the years, he said: “No request is ever too much trouble, and we hope these certificates of appreciation go someway to show our thanks.”
A sale of raffle tickets and Yellow Welly pin badges were sold as part of the RNLI’s ‘Mayday’ campaign, raising £840 for the RNLI, although the main focus of the event was to celebrate the half century of service.
Kinghorn lifeboat has a number of events still to come in 2015. On Sunday 14th June, a rededication service will be held at Kinghorn Parish Church. On Saturday 11th July the station will host its annual Open Day where we will welcome other groups and services, including a Royal Navy Seaking helicopter which will take part in its final RNLI display at Kinghorn before the UK SAR helicopters service is taken over by