KINGHORN LIFEBOAT CARRIES QUEEN’S BATON
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers had the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton on Thursday along with Baton Bearer Andrea Gellan from Dunfermline, a local fundraiser.
The Baton arrived at Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station just before noon where it was handed over to Andrea Gellan who carried it onto the lifeboat for its journey to Kirkcaldy.
Weather conditions were good with small waves in the Forth as the lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched to carry its prestigious cargo. Local marine contractor Calypso Marine/Forth Sea Safaris kindly supplied a vessel to carry members of the media to record the spectacle as Kinghorn Lifeboat made the short journey to Kirkcaldy Harbour.
Lifeboat Helmsman Scott McIlravie took charge of the lifeboat on Thursday and was delighted with the event, saying, ‘Andrea received the Baton from the previous bearer and then showed it off to the gathered crowds, which included many children from Kinghorn and other local schools, as well as one of Kinghorn’s oldest residents, 102 year old Elizabeth Tulloch.
‘We then boarded the lifeboat and launched with the beach area and surrounding braes packed with onlookers.
‘On arrival at Kirkcaldy Andrea undertook a short interview with members of the media boat and told them how she felt honoured to have been nominated to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay and also to have been able to carry it on a RNLI lifeboat, crewed by volunteers. Andrea has raised a lot of money for the RNLI in recent years, including a sponsored swim across the Forth. She is now planning future fundraising events!
‘On behalf of the station I would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who came along to the beach and Kirkcaldy harbour on Thursday and who helped generate the great atmosphere. The station is now focussing on our annual Open Day which is on Saturday 12th July starting at noon. This event is always great fun and the crew love showing our supporters the lifeboat and taking part in all the fun and games.’