A day that goes down in history – St Abbs Independent Lifeboat Launch

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment

 

A lone piper starting the launch ceremony

A lone piper starting the launch ceremony

St Abbs Lifeboat was run by the RNLI for more than 100 years. However, last year the RNLI decided to withdraw the lifeboat, leaving nearby Eyemouth station to cover that stretch of coast. The crew and local community disagreed with the decision especially as they are at the heart of the diving community on the east coast of Britain.

‘Support St Abbs Lifeboat’ set about raising the money to provide their own lifeboat and equipment.  A year after the RNLI lifeboat sailed out of the harbour at St Abbs for the last time, they have successfully restored the service.

Although a number of events raised the profile of the cause and some funds for the campaign, the involvement of Boyd Tunnock, owner of the famous teacake and caramel wafer makers, came to the rescue.

Boyd Tunnock agreed to put up £250,000 if the boat was named the ‘Thomas Tunnock’ in honour of both his grandfather and late brother.

The donation ensured that the service would resume in the area significantly earlier than planned and is proud to boast that it is the most advanced and fastest lifeboat in Britain.  Yesterday, 17 September 2016, the Thomas Tunnock was officially launched, with the whole community turning out.  Here is a selection of the images taken.

The St Abbs Independent Lifeboat Crew

The St Abbs Independent Lifeboat Crew

Mr Boyd Tunnock launches The  Thomas Tunnock

Mr Boyd Tunnock launches The Thomas Tunnock

The Thomas Tunnock Going through its paces

The Thomas Tunnock Going through its paces

Showing her off to the crowds at St Abbs harbour

Showing her off to the crowds at St Abbs harbour

Mr Boyd Tunnock, Euan Gibson & Nicola Sturgeon enjoying the celebrations

Mr Boyd Tunnock, Euan Gibson & Nicola Sturgeon enjoying the celebrations

Our lone piper not so alone.

Our lone piper not so alone.

Mr Tunnock showing his prizes especially the teacake hat that was given to him

Mr Tunnock showing his prizes especially the teacake hat that was given to him

Snapper's Snapping Nicola Snapping Boyd.

Snapper’s Snapping Nicola Snapping Boyd.

Enjoying the afternoon

Enjoying the afternoon

Another hard earned presentation cheque presented by The Robin Hood Dive Club.  Well Done guys.

Another hard earned presentation cheque presented by The Robin Hood Dive Club. Well Done guys.

A very warm thank you.

A very warm thank you.

St Abbs Independent Lifeboat

St Abbs Independent Lifeboat

St Abbs Independent Lifeboat

Please donate to ‘St Abbs Lifeboat’

https://www.justgiving.com/stabbs-lifeboat

 

1 Comment

  1. kenny wilson
    18/09/2016

    Can you please give us a copy of the lone piper playing at the launching ceramony this is our son and would like to remember this amazing day

    Many thanks

    Kenny wilson

    Reply

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