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Thurso Lifeboat Summer Fayre sets new record with £10,502 raised

By Alan Hendry

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RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with William the Clydesdale horse, who belongs to crewman Michael Munro.
RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with William the Clydesdale horse, who belongs to crewman Michael Munro.

Saturday's Thurso Lifeboat Summer Fayre raised a five-figure sum for the RNLI – setting a new record in the process.

The popular annual event attracted hundreds of people to the Scrabster fish market and a total of £10,502 was collected, the biggest amount to date.

All the money will be paid into the station account which means it will go towards keeping the lifeboat, the station and the crew operational.

A barbecue run by crew members took in £1192 and the sales of fresh fish supplied by local boats, again run by the crew, generated £2149 – the best totals ever in each case.

The RNLI shop sold £880 worth of clothing and souvenirs.

The fayre was officially opened by Councillor Ron Gunn, who was elected recently as a Highland Council member for Thurso and Northwest Caithness.

Entertainment was provided by Mina Mackay's Highland dancers, Caithness Junior Pipe Band and Caithness FM, while the stalls remained busy throughout the day.

RNLI mascot Stormy Stan turned out for the occasion.

Some of the emergency services had vehicles on show, including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and HM Coastguard. There was also a display of equipment used by Scottish Ambulance Service, featuring demonstrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of a defibrillator.

Pentland Model Boat Club put on a display too.

Other activities included guessing the weight of William the Clydesdale horse and and guessing the name of a lamb.

Dunnett’s Transport supplied a courtesy bus service to the event.

A spokesperson for Thurso RNLI pointed out that contributions had been made by Vulcan, Rolls-Royce, Thurso Sea Cadets, Thurso Air Training Corps, Dounreay, Scrabster Harbour Trust, the Rotary Club of Thurso, NorthLink Ferries, Scrabster Seafoods, Reids Bakery, Bews Butchers, Popeye’s Bar, W Calder, JPL Shellfish, Wolfburn Distillery, the Captain's Galley, Capilla Tapas, Forss Young Farmers, Manor House, Park Hotel and Simpsons Oils.

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