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Community / Aith lifeboat gala cancelled

The emergency services during a demonstration at the Aith Gala. Photo: Bristow Helicopters

ONE OF the Westside’s main community event has been called off this year along with all other public gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Aith Lifeboat Gala has been running on an annual basis since 1972 and it normally raises around £6,000 for the local RNLI station.

Organiser Frances Moffat, from the Aith Lifeboat Gala Committee, said cancelling the event was the only sensible decision under the current circumstances.

“The gala is an important fundraiser for the Aith Lifeboat, which continues to do important work saving lives at sea,” she said.

“The RNLI is always grateful for the fantastic public support on show at the event. If possible, I would encourage folk to still make a donation to the charity.

“The lifeboat’s station is very important to people in Aith, and I’m confident that the community will continue to show its support in future years.”

Local fundraising events can be a key source of income for RNLI lifeboat stations.

Volunteer crews remain on standby and are ready to respond to emergencies at sea throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Donations to the RNLI can be made online here.