Campaign for RNLI at St Abbs grows online

SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign logo
SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign logo

The push to keep an RNLI lifeboat station at St Abbs has been ramped up with the launch of a website dedicated to the campaign.

The efforts of local volunteers and members of the wider community include banners, fast-selling t-shirts and the new website, www.stabbslifeboat.org.uk.

SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign

SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign

There, supporters can read up on the latest developments in the campaign to keep the 104-year-old station, order t-shirts and sign the online petition, which has attracted over 3,800 signatures.

The website is running under the slogan: “The right equipment, the right location, and the right crew.”

Organiser Peter Nesbit said: “The website was set up as a place to bring all the things together for the campaign.

“There, people can sign up to the e-petition, read about the station, and we’ll be adding to it as time goes on.”

SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign

SBBN St abbs RNLI campaign

Divers, fishermen, St Abbs visitors and other sea-goers are being invited to send in their pictures of themselves holding laminated copies of the campaign logo, and already the website hosts a fair sized catalogue of these pictures.

The first supporters to pose with the placards were the Robin Hood Dive Club, who were dressed as pirates while they enjoyed the Berwickshire waters.

The St Abbs campaign has also taken to Facebook to thank the National Trust for Scotland and St Abb’s Head National nature Reserve, “for their continued support”.

This has included attaching signs supporting the lifeboat campaign on fences and gates, and a letter calling on the RNLI to reconsider its decision.

And support has not been limited to the surrounding area.

For instance, Emma Cook of Huddersfield Paramotor Club got in touch via Facebook to say that HPC “is also in full support of your noble cause. Flying along the shoreline from Eyemouth to St Abbs - as the crow flies - really highlighted to us what a distance the proposed change to having one station in Eyemouth covering all this stretch of water would really have to contend with.

“It’s just too far for them to travel to be efficient, therefore should not be acceptable.

“We may be hundreds of miles away from St Abbs, but as both fliers and divers we rely on the RNLI at St Abbs to keep us safe when we visit.”

Meanwhile, campaign t-shirts are selling well.

“Rachel Crowe has been working really hard down in the harbour, raising awareness of the campaign and selling the t-shirts with our logo on.

“Before the weekend we had sold 150 of them, so I think we would be well beyond that figure now.

“We have been really lucky with local firms helping us out, and the Dunbar T-shirt Shop in particular has been great, offering us the shirts at nearly cost price, so that we can make the most from them.”

At the moment, it’s cash up front, and you’ll need to collect from Rock House Dive Centre at St Abbs harbour. To order call Rachel on 07823 449 100.

T-shirts, in a wide range of sizes, are £10, of which £3.60 goes to the campaign.

The debate over St Abbs and lifeboat coverage has also attracted the attention of celebrity TV presenters.

Monty Hall, presenter of Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC 2, signed the St Abbs petition as a keen diver.

Meanwhile, Penelope Keith, fronting her Hidden Villages on Tuesday night, suggested that: “The RNLI epitomises everything that villages should be.”