Gala Queen All Set For Coronation

The Queen’s Court has been announced for this year’s Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat Day.


This year’s Lifeboat Queen will be Beth Mackay, 14, with attendants Mia Thomson, 11, and Anushka Demer, 12. Joining them will be herald Gavin Duffy, ten, and flower girl Mirren Ross, seven.

The children all have a connection to the town’s volunteer lifeboat crew or fishing community, or are members of civic groups. Beth is the daughter of Gordon Mackay, deputy second coxswain on the crew, while Mirren’s dad Alan is also on the crew. Mia’s uncle and grandfather were both fishermen and another relative David Kittrick is a long-standing member of the crew. Anushka’s father Quentin is the harbour master, while Gavin is a member of the Boys’ Brigade.

The children will take centre stage at the lifeboat fete on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The parade along the High Street begins from the Hillside Hotel at 1.15pm, before the crowing of the Queen takes place at 2pm.

Among the fun and games at the harbour will be a chance to see the volunteer lifeboat crew in action and an opportunity to step aboard our all-weather lifeboat. Entertainment will be provided by the Strictly for the Lifeboats dancers and live music. Vintage cars and Harley Davidson motorbikes will be on show, there will be numerous stalls to browse, a bar to stop by and for the children there’s a funfair, plus much more.

Photos: (L-R), Mirren Ross, Mia Thomson, Beth Mackay, Anushka Demer, Gavin Duffy. 

Dunbar Lifeboat Queen 2016

With just 24 days to go to our annual Lifeboat day on the 16th of July, preparations are already underway on making the day a huge success. 

As always Dunbar Grammar School had the big job of deciding who this years lifeboat queen would be. Each year the School asks the pupils to pick someone who has a connection with either the fishing community or Dunbar lifeboat. This is the same process for Dunbar Primary School as well who have to pick two attendants to be part of the big day. To complete the lineup a herald and flower girl are also picked from either family of the lifeboat crew or the fishing community within Dunbar.  


We are happy to announce the line up for Dunbar Lifeboat Day 2016 


Dunbar lifeboat Queen: Joanna McPhillips

Attendants: Jodi Fairbairn & Ruby-Sky Forrester

 Herald: Lee Courtney

Flower girl: Ava Crowe 


The Queen will also be invited to do a station visit ahead of the gala day to have a look around and be introduced to full time coxswain Gary Fairbairn and station mechanic Gipper Ainslie. The inshore lifeboat along with its crew and crew from the all weather lifeboat will also be there to say hello. 


Remember to invite all the family for a fun packed day out! 

last years Lifeboat day 2015. photo credit Jeff Carter