Mallaig Maritime Day raises cash for RNLI and Mission
MALLAIG was packed last Saturday as people turned out in numbers to join in the fun of Maritime Day.
Two major charities in the town, the RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission, joined forces to raise funds at the event which replaced the previous gala days.
Isle of Skye Pipe Band travelled over on the ferry and marched off, playing, from the car deck and into the town.
Local skippers and fish farms generously donated produce which was served throughout the afternoon and part of the fish hall complex was given over to stalls, home-baking and a children’s painting competition.
Numbers were swelled by the afternoon travellers on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William.
This year’s queen and princess of the day waved to the crowds as they were pulled through the streets on a decorated boat to join the crowd on the pier. Raffles helped boost funds along with competitions, the lifeboat and a fish farm ship were open to the public and the afternoon ended with the traditional fishing boat race.
A successful ceilidh was held in the evening.
The final amount of cash raised was still to be confirmed as the Lochaber
Times went to press.
F30 Mallaig maritime 10 JS Harry Marshall and Jean MacNaughton of the West Highland Hotel cooked up and served two huge pans of seafood - langoustines, mussels and monkfish - generously donated by local fishing boats. The huge pan, complete with stand and gas burner, was a gift to the town from Sir Cameron Macintosh.
F30 Mallaig maritime 02 JS Pipe Major Alan MacKenzie of Isle of Skye Pipe Band with Karen Calder, left, and Heather Gray of the Fisherman’s Mission, Mallaig.
F30 maritime 07 JS Stormy Stan and Albert, the mascots of the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission, lead the Isle of Skye Pipe Band’s march to the gala.
Isle of Skye Pipe Band marched off the ferry from Armadale and into Mallaig. F30 Mallaig maritime 01 JS
The 2017 Maritime Day royalty of Mallaig - gala queen Iona Stewart, aged 13, and gala princess Iona MacKenzie, 10. The girl are pupils at Mallaig high and Morar primary schools respectively. F30 Mallaig maritime 14 JS
F30 Mallaig maritime 09 JS David MacDonald, of Denholm Fishselling, skipper John MacLean, and Kevin McDonnell of the Mallaig lifeboat crew.
Iona Patrick, aged 11, on holiday from Edinburgh, has a ‘Rose’ moment on Mallaig’s RNLI lifeboat, which was open for the public to visit as part of the gala day celebrations. F30Mallaigmaritime 11
The gala queen and princess of the Maritime Day were taken from the railway station to the gala in a boat pulled by Jacobites. F30 Mallaig maritime 12 JS
Harry Clyne of Lochailort brought along a one-third sized model of a 1907 Tasker road tractor and powered up the steam model, which is one of many he owns. F30 Mallaig maritime 03 JS
The Jacobite warriors of Fir na Dileas were on board Saturday’s steam train to Mallaig collecting donations from passengers for Mallaig Fishermens’ Mission. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. F30 Mallaig maritime 17 IF
maritime 13 JS F30 Mallaig Gregor Innes and Thomas Benfield were hard at work as Albert and Stormy Stan, the mascots of the Fishermen’s Mission and RNLI respectively.
David Alcroft from Mallaig helped run the Fishermen’s Mission stall and is seen here with German holiday-makers Carla, aged five, and her dad Christian. F30 Mallaig maritime 04 JS
Fish farm vessel was moored at Mallaig for the gala day and crew showed the public around the ship. From left: Ivar Kalvoe, Captain Bjørnar Nordahl and Marius Loeeng. More than 1,000 people went on board throughout the day. Ronja Pioneer F30 Mallaig maritime 16 JS
Jim Fowler, chairman of Mallaig lifeboat, and Mo Mathieson, lifeboat operations manager. F30 Mallaig maritime 06 JS
Left: Audrey MacKay, chairwoman and treasurer of the RNLI fundraising committee at Mallaig. F30 Mallaig maritime 08
Left: Frank Stride was drumming up business for the Wheel of Fortune. F30 Mallaig maritime 05 JS