Blue skies greeted this year’s Queensferry RNLI open day and fete last Sunday to ensure that the annual event was a record-breaking spectacular success.
Huge crowds converged on the Hawes Promenade throughout the afternoon to witness a dramatic air sea rescue, line dancing, musical entertainment and much more. And at the end of the day, the open day raised more than £3700 for local RNLI funds.
As well as the spectacular Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopter 177 from HMS Gannet airlifting an RNLI crew member from the Forth, there was a lifesaving display by huge Newfoundland dogs while the local Caledonia Line Dancers and members of The Royal Burgh of Inverkeithing Pipe Band entertained the crowds. For children there was a variety of rides, while face painters and fundraising stalls all helped to create a a fun atmosphere. Staff from Frankie and Benny’s were also on hand to organise a barbecue and supply the burgers, hot dogs, etc., and they raised in excess of £1400 for the cause.
A spokesman for the local RNLI said: ‘‘There are far too many businesses, groups and individuals to list but we are very grateful to Scotmid who donated all the strawberries, etc., the Rosebery Hall staff for their support, Frankie and Benny’s, Port Edgar Sailing School personnel, Police Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.’’