A LIFE-SAVING charity, which saw its biggest annual fundraiser shelved by the coronavirus, has announced a series of activities and competitions ahead of a virtual version of the event.

For the second consecutive year, Dunbar RNLI was forced to put plans for the lifeboat fete on hold.

Traditionally, thousands turn out for the parade along the town’s High Street before heading to the harbour for a busy afternoon, topped off by the crowning of the Lifeboat Queen.

However, coronavirus restrictions have meant that this year’s fete, which takes place on Saturday, is being held virtually. The crowning of this year’s Lifeboat Queen Poppy Lees will be streamed live on the charity’s Facebook page at 1.30pm.

In addition, Dunbar RNLI is hosting a series of activities, including photography, children’s poster and dance competitions, to boost the coffers.

Veronica Davies, Dunbar RNLI fundraising committee chairperson, thanked everyone for their support throughout the years and highlighted that the 2019 event – the last that took place pre-coronavirus – raised an incredible £15,000.

She said: “The monies you have helped to raise have truly been appreciated and have helped to facilitate the training of our crew and the running of Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat station.

“As you know, we have been unable to hold our usual fundraising events and this has had a massive impact on the funds we have been able to raise over the last two years.

“We realise that many families and businesses have also been impacted and fully appreciate that you may not be able to donate much at this time but any donation, big or small, would make a huge difference in enabling us to continue our vital life-saving work.”

A raffle is also being held and tickets are available from the RNLI shops on the High Street and at the harbour. Prizes include a signed book by local author Rita Bradd and unique models by teenage sculptor Max Smith.

Winners of the various competitions, with entry closing at midnight tonight (Thursday), will be announced at 2pm on Saturday. The draw for the raffle will take place half an hour later.