Oban Lifeboat 50th Anniversary Open Day

RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with piper Jamie MacGregor who declared the open day started NO T26 lifeboat open day_Stormy Stan with piper Jamie MacGregor who declared the lifeboat open day open

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Crowds helped celebrate Oban RNLI’s 50th anniversary at the weekend.

Guess the weight of the lobster was just one of the attractions at the lifeboat station’s open day.

The event also welcomed singers from the town’s shanty festival to give them a few rousing tunes.

Monkey’s Fist who were in town for the sea shanty festival join lifeboat mascot Story Stan for a tune
Lucky dip hooking a duck at Oban Lifeboat open day
Lady Avenel tall ship has been raising funds with charity sailings for the RNLI.
Lady Avenel out at sea on her voyage circumnavigating Kerrera.
Lucy Lawrence on look out, one of the guests on the lady Avenel helping raise funds for the RNLI.

After a tough few years because of Covid, organisers were delighted to host the open day once again.

As well as tucking in to cream teas and browsing the stalls, visitors got a chance to meet the crew and get a closer look at the lifeboat.

A lifeboat spokesperson said: ‘We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who supported and attended our open day this weekend, especially the many local businesses who offered prizes for our tombola and raffle and the support from the Oban Shanty Festival.

‘We would also like to thank and recognise our incredible volunteer crew members, many of whom had been active in supporting the open day since first thing, but then also went out on a shout before we had even managed to tidy everything up from the day. This just shows how our volunteer crew members will drop everything to help save lives at sea.’

Tall ship Lady Avenel was also  out as sea raising funds for the RNLI earlier this month.

Becks Fon joined guests and crew for one of the charity sailings last week.

She wrote: ‘An evening spent cruising on the beautiful Lady of Avenel in aid of Oban lifeboats on Wednesday evening – what can I say, what an incredible ship! We may not have had the weather on our side but that didn’t dampen spirits one bit and once the sails were set, we cruised peacefully around the island of Kererra with ease.

‘Paired amazingly by on-board tunes from local musicians Creel, pizzas donated by the Piazza restaurant, drinks from the galley and freedom to walk around deck. Our hosts Stefan Fritz and Jules Shaughnessy and crew were full of laughs, information and created a wonderful atmosphere for all of us on board, all the while raising money for such a worthwhile cause to us all here on the West Coast.’