Mal­laig Mar­itime Day raises cash for RNLI and Mis­sion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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

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