More than 1,000 people turn out for the annual RNLI Open Day

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An enormous Thank You goes to all who joined in the fun, helped organise and entertained the crowds at the Stornoway RNLI Open Day and 5K.

Over 1,000 people called into the Stornoway Station on Saturday, July 18th to enjoy a family fun day, with 900 folks taking a tour of the ‘Tom Sanderson’ RNLI lifeboat; making 2015 a record breaking year for the annual event.

And the magnificent sum of £4,050 (with some more monies to come in) was raised for the local lifesavers – Thank You!

Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John MacDonald said: “To all those, too many to mention, who supported the Open Day and 5K, we thank you!

“Everybody involved contributed to a fantastic day, one which we at Stornoway RNLI all enjoyed as much as our visitors.”

The day began with the Stornoway Lifeboat 5K Fundraiser, organised by Steven Munro and supported by Stornoway Round Table, which was attended by around 70 runners, joggers and walkers.

Winner of the 5K was Kyle Munro in a time of 16.06minutes, with the runner up spot taken by Stewart Marshall a few seconds later.

And the winning club/organisation team with the most members entered in the 5K were SRAC, who were presented with their trophy by Round Table Chair Iain McFee. Thanks to both Steven Munro and Stornoway Round Table.

Following from the 5K was the Stornoway RNLI Open Day – and what a day! Stalls, candyfloss, raffles, teas, coffees, cakes, stocks and much more were enjoyed by young and old. Thanks to the Point Show Committee who helped provide tables, chairs and tents!

Thanks also go to local band Rock Island Line who were superb in their entertainments, drawing a continuous crowd and even some festival dancers.

And thanks also to Ronny Scott and staff at Islander Shellfish for their support and delicious BBQ!

The annual RNLI v Emergency Services Tug o’ War proved popular, with plenty public support for all the islands’ lifesavers.

First up were Coastguard v Fire Service – won by the Coastguard team – before Stornoway RNLI set up to take on the Coastguard might.

The RNLI boys took it on, but couldn’t keep on their feet so, for the first time, the Tug o’ War trophy has disappeared from the Stornoway RNLI Station to appear in the Coastguard Watch Room! Until next year...And announced during the RNLI Open Day was the winner of the local station’s model boat auction, with the highest bid coming from Mr Charlie Mackenzie. Well done Charlie!

Pictured is the busy lifeboat station, picture courtesy of Stornoway RNLI