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Saturday, 24 November 2018

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat - annual visit to Graemsay

Back in October (yes I know it's nearly the end of November, but, well, I've been busy!) the RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Ladies Guild visited the island for their annual sale of Christmas goodies, accompanied, of course, by the lifeboat crew. As you can see in the photo above it was a beautifully calm day, though chilly.

Approaching the Graemsay pier....

Coming alongside the pier...

The entire committee decided to come out to see us which was lovely!  And the lifeboat crew too of course.

And not forgetting Hector, their mascot Scotty dog.  His person, Angus Budge, was skipper of the lifeboat that day.

Island folk ferried the ladies and all their boxes up to the hall for them to set up.

I always call the crew "quiet heroes".  They are all volunteers and don't boast about the work they do.  Whenever they visit the island they sit quietly having some tea and cake, and chatting to island folk.

But ready to go out in all weathers to save lives.....

Island folk start arriving for the sale of cards and gifts, the raffle and tombola.  And have a cup of tea and a blether too.

I didn't get to take any more pictures as I was on tea duty!  Graemsay folk were a bit worried about how much we might raise as some folk were off the island that day.  But the total just blew us away. When you consider when everyone is here it is an island of just 23 folk we managed to raise over £350!!


  1. That is a good sum raised for the life boats, and craft sales are fun to attend.

    1. We all love this annual event, it's for a good cause and fun too!

  2. My goodness that is an amazing sum when you consider the numbers of people. What a great event to get everyone together.

  3. I know it is staggering! I'm glad our wee island can do our bit to help the lifeboats who do a fantastic job in treacherous conditions.