Barra

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

ISLE of Barra lifeboat sta­tion has re­ceived a do­na­tion of £ 8,750 from the friends and fam­ily and lo­cal com­mu­nity of Martin John­stone, who died along­side two crew mates when the fish­ing ves­sel MV Louisa sank off Min­gu­lay on April 9.

Mr John­stone’s fam­ily raised the funds by hold­ing a marathon line danc­ing fundraiser in the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion in Thurso. Barra Lifeboat was ac­tively in­volved in the search for the crew of the MV Louisa.

Barra Lifeboat op­er­a­tions man­ager Rod­er­ick MacLean said: ‘ We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of this mag­nif­i­cent sum raised in mem­ory of Martin John­stone and his crew mates Paul Al­lis­ton and Chris Mor­ri­son. The fam­ily have asked that the money be used to­wards our new build­ing which we hope will be started next year.’

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