Beat that! RNLI launches welly knitting challenge

Lifeboat supporters Phillipa Drysdale and Jackie Craig with just some of the 157 pairs of knitted yellow wellies made as part of the charity's annual May Day campaign.

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Oban RNLI supporters who  knitted 157 pairs of yellow wellies as part of the lifeboat’s annual May Day campaign have launched a challenge to see if other stations can beat their record next year.

The mini-pairs of welly boots created by knitters across the community, including stalwart lifeboat supporter Tina MacLaurin from Benderloch, were handed in to a pop-up RNLI stall on the North Pier on Bank Holiday Monday in time for the official count.

Phil Hamerton, who co-organised the event and carried out the official count, said it was a great effort by everyone and a record was set.

‘We have certainly set a new record. We weren’t able to find a record to beat so whatever we’ve managed other lifeboat stations and fundraising groups can have a go  at smashing next year when the May Day campaign starts again

Oban RNLI supporters at the charity’s official yellow welly count on Bank Holiday Monday on North Pier
Oban lifeboat supporter Ann McKillop from Seil with just some of the May Day campaign’s knitted yellow wellies

‘There are two big campaigns that the RNLI run every year. The May Day one traditionally focuses on getting kit for the crews and that’s where the symbol of the yellow welly comes from.

‘We’ve yarn-bombed the town with the little wellies and we’ve collected them up and counted them and got 157 pairs. It’s a great effort by our supporters. Now the offer’s on to any lifeboat station or group to beat the record we’ve set for next year’s May Day campaign. We might have to make another entry of our own if we want to keep the title!’

Mr Hamerton said the May Day campaign had been successful and supporters hoped to be out and about at events later in the year to boost funds for the RNLI charity’s lifesaving work at sea.