Lifeboat week at Portpatrick

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The annual RNLI lifeboat week in Portpatrick ended on Saturday with the now traditional crew barbeque and fireworks display.

The week is run entirely by the voluntary efforts of lifeboat crews and committee members from Portpatrick and Stranraer, plus many individuals and groups from the local community, and supported by local businesses and members of public.

The week included music from the Loch Ryan pipe band on the shore front. the ‘Catch that crab’ competition, the Graham Mercer Memorial fun run, a boat fishing competition, coffee morning, ‘Portpatrick’s got talent’ children’s sandcastle competition and the ever popular raft race.

Saturday’s events included a cliff rescue demonstration by members of HM Coastguard, a combined exercise involving volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews from Portpatrick and Stranraer and for the first time at lifeboat week, the rescue helicopter from HM Coastguard, which has replaced the Royal Navy Sea King which has given excellent service over many years.

The eventful week ended on Saturday night with the crew BBQ and fireworks display which was held in fog blown in from the sea on a strong wind.

The crew and committee would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to make lifeboat week 2016 a continuing success.