Buc­ca­neers raise cash for RNLI

The Oban Times - - News -

A BAND of pi­rates took over Port Ap­pin hall last Satur­day at an event that raised £900 for the Oban RNLI.

A com­pe­ti­tion for the best­dressed pi­rate brought out young­sters from Ap­pin and Port Ap­pin, com­plete with cut­lasses, eye patches and hats.

While the lit­tle pi­rates sought out the trea­sure on of­fer, adults en­joyed some tea and home­bak­ing and bought plants grown for the oc­ca­sion by RNLI Oban com­mit­tee mem­ber and Airds Ho­tel gar­dener Les Hazel­grave.

Moira Kerr, sec­re­tary of the RNLI Oban fundrais­ing group, said: ‘ We are de­lighted at the turnout from the com­mu­ni­ties of Ap­pin and Port Ap­pin to­day and we have also had a great re­sponse from vol­un­teers.

‘ We have a small fundrais­ing group but a lot of great helpers that we can call upon when we have events on. To be hon­est, we couldn’t do any­thing like this with­out their help. I’d like to thank them for their con­tin­ued sup­port and thank ev­ery­one who contributed home­bak­ing.’

Four-year- old Emily Hunt won best- dressed pi­rate, fol­lowed by Emma Pater­son, two, and Wil­liam Ma­cLeod, three, in joint second, and 18-mon­thold Am­ber Ster­ling in third. Com­pe­ti­tion judge, Dr Iain McNi­col also made spe­cial men­tion of Iona Thom­son, who made her own cos­tume.

Clock­wise from top right are: The lit­tle pi­rates gather for the judg­ing; The hard-work­ing mem­bers of the RNLI Oban fundrais­ing com­mit­tee and helpers; Friends Wil­liam Ma­cLeod and Emma Pater­son were placed joint second in the best dressed pi­rate com­pe­ti­tion; Four-year- old Emily Hunt from Ap­pin was named best dressed pi­rate; Lit­tle Wil­liam Steuart- Fother­ing­ham was one of the youngest pi­rates; Pi­rate pals Court­ney Keil­lor, left, and Emily Hunt.

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