In this our 50th Anniversary Year, we are bringing the year’s celebrations to a close with a Fireworks on the Pier show. This was nominally outlined for September but for a number of really good reasons is now rescheduled to Saturday 26 October. This is the weekend that we traditionally select to get all our boats out of the water for the winter and start to stow away and check what needs fixed etc for the next year. Therefore it is known as our Lay Up Day.

So this year, we are going to celebrate this Work Day with our Fireworks spectacular in the evening. The show will be at 8pm (subject to weather and tidal conditions) and we will be offering steaming hot soup and snacks prior to, and during, the fireworks show. You can arrive any time after 7pm  and take a look round the Longcraig anniversary exhibition in the Centre, prior to taking your position outside, or along the beach, to watch the fireworks. Of course, if anyone would like to help us along the way, you can come down in daylight and assist with the cleaning and stowing activities.

This event is completely free, so round up your friends and come along. During the evening there will be an opportunity to make a small donation which we will share between our colleagues at RNLI South Queensferry and our Anniversary funds.


At last, one of the District weekends struck gold when Craigalmond brought their Cubs, Scouts and Leaders to Longcraig for their water activity weekend at the end of August. Saturday dawned sunny warm and very light wind, ideal for the Cubs who were there first session; still warm and sunny and a reasonable light breeze in the afternoon for the Scouts section, then even sunnier and even warmer, but quite a sturdy breeze for the adults on Sunday. A number of people  got to try something new; others renewed some skills they thought they had over 10 years ago, a few managed to stand up on the Paddleboards – but everyone got some Birthday Cake and many went home with a little bit of a suntan! Two warm and relatively sunny days, both in the same weekend! 99 happy faces.


On Sunday 1st September, around 70 people gathered at Longcraig for an event which included a rededication of the Centre, presentations from John Cannon, Regional Chairman, and Sharkey, the Scottish Chief Commissioner and the cutting of the cake by the Regional Commissioner. A fuller report, and some photos from the event, will come to you in next month’s newsletter! 

Ian Harrower, Longcraig ASU