Splashing summer fun with Arran RNLI

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

The annual Arran RNLI open day attracted a big crowd to Lamlash pier on Saturday raising more than £1,462 for lifeboat funds.

The sun shone for the day as the volunteer crew opened the lifeboat station doors to give the public the chance to meet the crew and find out how the RNLI carries out their lifesaving work.

Visitors could view the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick up close and see the displays of equipment, as well as join the crew for a barbecue and hear about the work of the RNLI and what it means to be part of the station.

However, the highlight of the day was, as always, the two displays put on by the lifeboat crew in Lamlash Bay demonstrating the abilities of the Atlantic 85 model lifeboat – including a few splashings.

There were also splendid RNLI designed cup cakes for sale, a raffle and other stalls and games for everyone to enjoy.