Record crowds flock to Dunbar’s lifeboat day

Dunbar RNLI fete
Dunbar RNLI fete

A RECORD crowd of supporters thronged Dunbar’s harbour side on Saturday for the annual lifeboat fete.

The sun shone for the whole day – a record in itself in this summer of cancelled galas and soggy fetes.

Councillor Norman Hampshire and his wife Joan stepped in at the last minute to open the fete and crown the queen after the planned VIP – Pauline Mills of Taylor Wimpey – was taken ill overnight and rendered unable to attend.

Dunbar RNLI Fund raising convener Veronica Davies said: “We had a brilliant day blessed with the best weather of the summer so far.

“We set up in the sunshine, had the fete in the sunshine and dismantled everything – in the sunshine.

“It is such a relief because so many people give up so much of their time and work extremely hard to raise money to help keep our local station going.

“We are also grateful to Norman for stepping in the last minute, and to Joan for crowning this year’s queen Chelsea Higginbottom.”

Veronica said some sponsorship money was still to come in and other expenses to be paid out but this year’s fete proceeds look set to be amongst the best ever.