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Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers are delighted after they had a record-breaking annual Open Day.

The 2011 Open Day, the annual highlight of the station’s fundraising efforts, raised an astonishing £4,230 on Saturday.

The volunteers were also relieved when the forecast rain never materialised, leading to an enjoyable and very successful day for the station and the hundreds of people who attended.

The crowds were treated to a range of stalls including plants, tombola and home-baking as well as beach activities which included throwing the yellow welly, treasure hunting, and beach games. There were also visits from HM Coastguard, Scottish Ambulance service, the fire service and Fife police dogs. A tug, the Hopetoun, also visited and showed her fire-fighting capability with a breathtaking display.

The highlight of the day was a rescue demonstration in Kinghorn bay. The lifeboat rescued the crew of a boat which had caught fire and deployed their life raft.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Wibberley said, “Our annual Open Day was a magnificent success this year. The final total of £4,230 was a hugely satisfying result for the fundraising committee and the crew who have worked so hard over the past few months and on Saturday to make the day a success.

“We managed to raise around £1,300 more this year than we did at the Open Day last year. This is great; it costs around £145 million per year to run the RNLI and provide rescue coverage 24/7 from 235 lifeboat stations around the country. Fundraising events such as this are essential, as we receive no UK government funding.

“It was great to see so many people attending the event, and enjoying themselves.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who supported us, as well as all the lifeboat crew, fundraisers and friends who helped in the preparation and running of this very successful event.”

The station would also like to thank everyone who helped make the day a success and who gave donations, as well as Forth Sea Safaris for their assistance with the rescue demonstration.