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Lerwick lifeboat open day raised more than £7,500 for the RNLI - Photo: NorthLink Ferries

MORE THAN £14,000 has been raised over recent weeks for Shetland’s two lifeboats in Lerwick and Aith.

Lerwick ladies lifeboat guild said Saturday’s open day, which included stalls on Victoria Pier, a full music programme and a trip around Bressay on board the NorthLink ferry Hjaltland, had raised the “marvellous total” of £7,600.

Treasurer Rhoda Watt said: “Sincere thanks to Jane Leask and all NorthLink Ferries Holmsgarth shore staff, and captain Stewart Pottinger and crew of the Hjaltland for their continued commitment and assistance.

“None of this could happen without the support of so many people – all our dedicated helpers, musicians, lifeboat crew, fire engine and coastguard volunteers and of course all the public who turn out to support this very important cause. Thank you all so much.”

Meanwhile almost £6,300 was raised during Aith lifeboat station’s gala day, which was held on the previous Saturday.

There were various attractions at the gala day, including the jarl squad pie eating contest, which was won by Sadboy Delting, and the tug of war, which was won by the Delting jarl squad.

Spokeswoman for the Aith lifeboat Liz Boxwell said the gala day was again a great effort from the various organisers, and good fun was had by everyone who attended.

“The total amount raised was £6292.91, and this was gratefully received by the lifeboat charity,” she said.

And finally, a donation of more than £600 from the Brae Co-op is to be split between the two lifeboat stations.

Staff at the north mainland supermarket had held a bake sale event at the end of May and raised the grand total of £631.

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