RNLI Longhope Fundraiser on Flotta

Longhope is our local lifeboat. I often see the boat in the Longhope harbour when I walk Isla on West Hill. Many of the lifeboat crew – all volunteers – work on the ferry. So it is very much part of our life.

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Every November the Ladies’ Guild come across for a fundraiser. They bring RNLI merchandise, bric-a-brac, a book stall, a raffle and several other ‘games’.

This year they brought Stormy Sam, the RNLI mascot. He greeted us at the door, and was generally available for photo opportunities!

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They also bring Hector, their mascot. And Hector is a Scottie. His owner is Angus Budge, one of the crew who is a scallop diver (more about that later!)

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Hector is used to such events; he has seen it all before. So when no one was looking at him, he took the chance of a quick nap…

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Then I brought Isla. They had met last year, and seemed pleased to see each other!

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The wind was pretty blustery, and it was raining a lot of the time, but we managed to find a dry spell to take some pix of the two Scotties together and various other combinations. Isla was totally uninterested in Sam…..

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… and Hector wasn’t too sure!

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But I did manage to get some nice ones of Angus with Hector and my Flotta friend Celia with Isla.

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I also got some nice ones of the two Scotties with Angus.

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Trying to get both Scotties looking in the same direction without having them walk towards me was not easy!! This is the best of that bunch!

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Remember I said Angus was a scallop diver? Well, one of the raffle prizes was a container of hand-dived scallops, fresh from the Flow.

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And who won them? Well, I did!! And very, very nice they were too…

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They raised £438 on the day, which considering the total population of the island is only about 65 is pretty good. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any piccies of the islanders buying. Next year I will try to remember to do so.

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