A day to remember for the RNLI

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Fantastic summer sunshine greeted the RNLI when it staged its annual open day in Queensferry last Sunday.

Despite the event co-inciding with a certain Mr Murray and his Wimbledon heroics, the programme had plenty to offer and was attended by those who ventured to the Hawes Promenade.

As well as all the usual stalls such as face painting, tom-bola, a barbecue and a children’s 
merry-go-round, there were some great attractions on 
offer too.

There were the giant Newfoundland dogs, which gladly posed for passers by, the 
Caledonian Kickers line dancers, young dancers from the Central Scotland School of Ballet and music from the 
Inverkeithing Pipe Band.

The emergency services were also represented with the Fire Brigade Ambulance services both there as well as a impressive display by the Queensferry lifeboat on exercise with the Search and Rescue helicopter from 202 Squadron at RAF Boulmer, Northumberland.

The rescue display saw lifeboatmen Jonathan Payne and Ewan Thomas lowered on to the lifeboat as it circled in the Forth between the two bridges.

The four hour event culminated with a wonderful display by the BP tugs at Hound Point as they sprayed their fire-fighting water canons into the air.

An RNLI spokesman 
said: “The open day was a great success. We could not have asked for a better day as it brought out the crowds to Queensferry.

‘‘At the end of the day, we raised over £2000 for the 
local lifeboat station.’’