Despite the gloomy weather forecast, the fundraising troops carried on regardless and were rewarded with an overcast but dry day and the crowds responded. The music played, the scones oozed jam and the burgers sizzled. Children splatted rats (no animals were harmed in the making of this game), threw bean bags, hunted nails in bails and had their faces painted as penguins. Adults vied to win bottles of whisky, nail make-overs and rib trips. The crowds looked resplendent in their Lifeboat hoodies and this year’s vibrant pea-green t-shirts. Gala day for the village of St Abbs is always about community. Locals bake, donate prizes, buy and sell raffle tickets, put up gazebos, paint faces and run stalls and all because St Abbs Lifeboat is so much more than running a lifesaving service.
A massive thank you is due to all those who helped and donated, and to the local businesses who continue to support the Lifeboat in so many different ways including The Anchor, Crosshill Chip Shop, DR Collin, Eyemouth Museum, Farm Foods, Looks Ahead, Marshalls Café, Morrisons, Occasions Eyemouth, Riptide Rib Rides, Rosie Crowe Nails, Ross Dougal, St Abbs Charters, Suzanne Muir, Tesco, The Hair Bar, Thistly Cross Cider, Lyn Warholm, Graham, Flannigan, Trotter and The Ridge.