Lifeboat ladies raise the roof

Pictured at the Meadowbank Inn on Friday are the commitee and guests at the Arbroath Ladies Lifeboat Guild annual dinner.
Pictured at the Meadowbank Inn on Friday are the commitee and guests at the Arbroath Ladies Lifeboat Guild annual dinner.

An evening of fun, food and laughter at the Meadowbank Inn on Friday raised over £6,000 for the Arbroath Lifeboat.

Around 115 ladies attended the ladies’ dinner hosted by the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild as part of their continuing support of the Arbroath Lifeboat and its crew.

Mo Morrison, one of the organisers of the event said: “Everyone had a great time, it was a really fantastic evening and I think we raised about £6,500. We haven’t had a final report on the full amount yet but it will be in that region.”

Mo wished to express her thanks to everyone involved in putting on the dinner. She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the ladies on my small committee who helped me organise the dinner. They did a fantastic job.

“I would also like to thank all our sponsors this year and the Meadowbank Inn who were brilliant.

“We had music from Danny Laverty and his new band of Josh Wright and David Wilson. In fact, this was their first gig together. We also had music from Tasmin Glass who was absolutely brilliant. A real star of the future.

“I would also like to thank the lifeboat crew who were brilliant and helped out by showing the ladies to their tables and so on.”

She added: “I would also like to thank our entertainers, auctioneer and speaker for kindly donating their time, their generosity helped to raise such a fantastic sum.”

Speaker for the evening was Matt Paterson and Ian Taylor of Taylors Auctions acted as auctioneer for the fund-raising sale.

The ladies’ dinner will now be taking a break as the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild have a number of other fund-raising projects in the pipeline.

Mo explained: “We will perhaps be holding another ladies’ dinner in a couple of years. They take quite a lot of organising and there are lots of things coming up in the meantime, such as a fashion show and a ladies’ lunch.”

The ladies’ dinner at the Meadowbank Inn is just one of the many fund-raising events the ladies carry out throughout the year, and it was recently announced at their annual general meeting that in the previous 12 months they had raised nearly £50,000.

The total of £49,384 was announced by treasurer Ann Watt at the meeting last month.

The treasurer’s report identified that the Arbroath ladies’ Lifeboat Guild continues to receive significant amounts through events such as race nights and stalls at Arbroath Sea Fest.

In total, the efforts of the ladies during coffee mornings, collections and organised events raised over £15,000.

The RNLI shop at the Arbroath Lifeboat Shed is also run by volunteers from the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild and last year made over £5,000.

The RNLI Shop at the Lifeboat Shed has been completely restocked and refurbished and is open again under the guidance of Mary Gerrard and her team.

The shop is open 2 to 4 p.m. on weekends and also on public holiday Mondays. Summer daily opening hours will run from June to October.

The remainder of the money was collected through donations by supporters, legacies and bequests, sponsored events and through the efforts of the crew themselves.

Flag Week 2013 commences on Monday, June 24, more details for which will be made available soon.