Beautiful sunshine drew large crowds of people to Kinghorn beach for the annual RNLI Lifeboat open day on Saturday.
Over 800 visitors turned out to lend their support to the inshore lifeboat’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
And it was an extra special one this year, celebrating the lifeboat’s Golden anniversary with a wide variety of activities, including a spectacular lifesaving demonstration involving the lifeboat and a search and rescue helicopter.
The event was a huge success with over £5500 being raised for the RNLI charity on the day, and visitors were also treated to displays, stalls, beach games and attractions.
The lifeboat staged two displays – the first involving a Royal Navy rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick, and the second the Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team and Anstruther Lifeboat, which made the journey to Kinghorn for the day.
There were also displays by Newfoundland rescue dogs and the tug Dalmeny from Hound Point displaying her firefighting capability and manoeuvrability. Onshore the local Coastguard Rescue Team offered safety advice, the Lang Toun Model Boat club demonstrated its boats and the Fire Service visited for a while. The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club sold tickets for a raffle in aid of the RNLI, with the prize of a Jaguar car, and traditional stalls included home baking, plants, and lifeboat gifts.
Sheona Smith, fundraising committee chairman, said: “Our supporters have spent a fantastic £5500; this is a stunning amount of money which will help the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea. This is a record amount for our Open Day, and just goes to show the very valuable support we enjoy from our community. I would like to say a huge thank you, on behalf of the station, to everyone who came along today and who helped make it such a success.”
Alan McIlravie, operations manager added: “Events such as this require a lot of planning and organisation, and do not come together without considerable thought and effort. The Open Day has raised an incredible amount, and these events are essential for the RNLI. It costs around £1527 a year to train a crew member; at Kinghorn we have around 25 members.
“I would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us, as well as our partner organisations, and to all the volunteers and donors who made it possible to host this successful event.”