Another success for RNLI Portpatrick Lifeboat week 2014

Stranraer RNLI team in raft race watched by RNLI Stranraer crew
Stranraer RNLI team in raft race watched by RNLI Stranraer crew

The ever popular Portpatrick Lifeboat week has drawn to a close for 2014 with the now traditional fireworks display and crew barbecue.

The annual event is the culmination of months of hard work by volunteers for the Portpatrick RNLI lifeboat crew and committee, other organisations including the Stranraer Rotary Club and RNLI Stranraer lifeboat crew, and many other local businesses and members of eh community.

The week started on Sunday, July 27 with an open air church service which had to be relocated to the village hall because of wet weather, and some rousing music from the Loch Ryan Pipe Band.

Throughout the week there were many events to suit all age groups, including a catch the crab competition, kids fancy dress competition and disco and a sand castle competition for the children. Adults were catered for by events including men’s and ladies’ golf competitions, a dance in the village hall with the band Missionary Men, zumba dancing and a quiz night. Family events included the family fun run, race night and the popular, if noisy, Scruffs pet show.

Highlights of the week included the raft race,Portpatrick’s got talent contest, a combined exercise with HM Coastguard and RNLI Lifeboats from Portpatrick and Stranraer and the popular fireworks display.

Volunteer RNLI crew members were available on most days to show members of the public around the Tamar class lifeboat, which is one of the most technically advanced vessels currently in service with the RNLI.

Following another successful lifeboat week, Portpatrick RNLI spokesman Phil Bestjan said: “The RNLI is an organisation that is funded entirely by charitable donations and fund raising events, and is crewed almost entirely by volunteers. Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week is a success every year due to the hard work and dedication of members of the crew and their families as well as members of the local community and businesses, who all work together to ensure that this event is one of the top fundraising events for the RNLI>”