Emma will be crowned Dunbar lifeboat queen

New Dunbar Lifeboat enters the harbour
New Dunbar Lifeboat enters the harbour

Saturday’s Dunbar Lifeboat Fete will see once more a community coming together to support the volunteers that provide a vital emergency service.

The day is the culmination of weeks of work by the local RNLI branch and provides one of East Lothian’s most spectacular and fun family outings.

This year’s event will be opened by Mrs Hillary Cochrane, former proprietor of the Knowe’s Farm Shop at East Linton and long term support of the Dunbar RNLI.

She will also be crowning the station’s lifeboat queen for 2014, Dunbar Grammar School pupil Emma Brunton.

Emma’s family have a long history of fishing in Dunbar and have provided many generations of lifeboat volunteers.

The most famous of the Brunton lifeboatmen was former coxswain Robert George Brunton who served for fifteen years in that role retiring in 1979 and at one time commanded a lifeboat crewed by his five brothers.

On Saturday Emma’s attendants will be Wendee Williams and Kristie Spence, the Herald is Jay Courtney and the Flower Girl Murron Gillan.

The people of Dunbar have been providing volunteer lifeboat crews since 1808 and these days the station is more expensive to run that ever.

Fundraising convener Veronica Davies said: “The RNLI these days is all about training with our volunteers being given the opportunity to learn vital new skills to keep them and the rest of the crew safe at sea.

“The RNLI probably more than any other organisation depends on volunteers and goodwill. Our volunteers crew the boats, of course, but the behind the scenes volunteers are every bit as important for the continuation of this vital service.

“When the fete opens the stalls will be groaning thanks to the commitment of scores of people in the town and wider county area who do so much to make the day such a success.”

Saturday will see the harbour dressed in its best bunting with stalls, bars and bbq’s. The huge variety of attractions on the day vary from children’s roundabouts to classic cars, demonstrations of archery, games of skill and chance and lots of stalls selling everything from jewelry to the most popular – fresh fish.