Fun in the sun at MRI Festival

20110821- MRI Day at Stonehaven Harbour. Members of the M.R.I. give a demonstration on righting an up-turned vessel. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20110821- MRI Day at Stonehaven Harbour. Members of the M.R.I. give a demonstration on righting an up-turned vessel. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

This year’s MRI Harbour Festival again attracted thousands of people who enjoyed the glorious sunshine at Stonehaven Harbour whilst taking in all the activities, demonstrations and stalls at the Festival.

Some attractions proved very popular with tickets for trips in the Lady Gail II and Mr Bug’s Show selling out very quickly.

During the day there were demonstrations from the lifeboat crew, the Coastguard and Trossachs Search & Rescue Dogs as well as entertainment from Mearns FM, local musicians and dancers.

Event organiser, Shona Johnston said: “It was a great day and the weather couldn’t have been better. This is our largest annual event and we have raised over £11,000 for the Charity so far which is just fantastic. We could not, of course, be able to put on the Festival without the support and help from so many people especially our sponsors Shell U.K. Ltd and the Balmoral Group and of course our marvellous volunteers!”

MRI is a provider of specialist training programmes and advisory services on all forms of waterborne emergency response, working with organisations and governments around the world.

Using its independent lifeboats, the charity provides 24-hour search and rescue (SAR) lifeboat response through HM Coastguard for the coastline stretching from Findon to Gourdon. It also runs an educational programme for local schools, primarily designed to warn youngsters of the dangers of the cliffs and rocks around the Stonehaven area.

For more information about the MRI and its work, which relies on sponsorship and donations, log on to http://www.maritime-rescue-institute.org

See our pictures from the event on page three.