Biscuit tycoon heads out onto the water to raise funds for lifeboat rescuers – Daily Record


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Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Biscuit tycoon Sir Boyd Tunnock is spearheading a spectacular flotilla to raise funds for lifeboat rescuers. The Uddingston factory owner hopes to be joined by hundreds of other boats when he sails down the Clyde on a boat named after his world-famous caramel wafers. Boyd, 88, hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a mass sail 'doon the watter' when he’ll skipper his 38-foot yacht which he christened 'Lemarac' - caramel spelt backwards.

A sailor for nearly 60 years, he told Lanarkshire Live: “This will be the biggest massed flotilla the river has ever seen. "We’re expecting hundreds of boats. It will be wonderful - a true sight to behold. “The RNLI is the lifeblood of sailing, it relies on donations and funds have been depleted because of the pandemic, so we want to raise £21,000 for 2021.” The spectacle - to be held on Monday, May 31 - has been organised by the largest sailing club in Scotland, the Clyde Cruising Club. And the club is asking participants to sign up and donate via a Just Giving page. The club’s vice commodore, Geoff Crowley, said: “The original plan was to hold the sail past in May last year, but the pandemic put paid to that. "In a similar way to the NHS being our unsung heroes, the RNLI also quietly works away at saving lives. We wanted to say thank you to the RNLI volunteers who turn out of their beds at any hour their pager goes, and set off to rescue someone in any weather. “It costs a lot to build that organisation, and even more to run and maintain it. The flotilla is a great way to be together and to make a donation while keeping our distance socially." Sir Boyd, whose grandfather Thomas opened the family’s first bakery in Uddingston in 1890, began sailing in 1962 and he has been a member of the club for 50 years.


He said: “The thing about sailing is, it puts you in your place. “You think you’re a champion one day and you can’t do anything wrong. The next day, you can’t do anything right. “The wind changes. It never blows the same way and that’s the challenge." The Tunnock’s Flotilla will depart from three muster points - Helensburgh, Kip Marina and Gourock - and there will be a salute to the RNLI at 2pm. Sir Boyd, whose firm produces more than six million caramel wafers and three-and-a-half million tea cakes a week, said: “We’ll send biscuits to all the marinas and yacht clubs. “What could be better than eating our biscuits, helping a good cause, and sailing at the same time?”


Alison Byers, of the RNLI in Scotland, said: “We’re very grateful - this will be a really lovely spectacle after a year of lockdowns and we’re excited to see it going ahead and people out enjoying the water.” More information on how to join or watch the flotilla or donate at *Don't miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here. And did you know Lanarkshire Live had its own app? Download yours for free here.
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