Vital role of RNLI will be highlighted this weekend in South Queensferry

South Queensfery will receive a flying visit on Sunday
South Queensfery will receive a flying visit on Sunday

The vital role of the RNLI will be highlighted in South Queensferry this weekend with an exciting and informative open day.

Running from noon until 4pm on Sunday at the Hawes Esplanade, the popular annual event will include everything from dancers to pipe bands and even a guest appearance from a Royal Naval Sea King helicopter.

The real star of the day, the lifeboat itself, will be available throughout the day – emergencies permitting – to hop on board and pose for photographs.

Residents, and visitors for that matter, are urged to come along and support the South Queensferry RNLI, which rescued 150 people in 2015 and has been saving lives at sea since the RNLI station opened its doors back in 1967.

Figures show the emergency vessel was launched 73 times last year – a record breaking amount for the charity.

Michael Avril, RNLI community incident reduction manager in central Scotland, said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities.”

Matt Crofts, RNLI Operations, said: “We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their tireless hard work and dedication over the last 12 months. Without all of our volunteers, fundraisers and education teams our lifesaving service would not operate.”

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