November 16, 2006

PRINCESS Anne braved the rainy weather to launch the new Loch Lomond Rescue Boat.

The heavens opened up on her arrival at Luss but the Princess Royal refused to let it dampen her spirits and stayed to talk to crew members.

Princess Anne officially launched the new boat, named St John, at The Rescue Boathouse on November 14.

Speaking beforehand, the Princess Royal said: “Can I thank everyone who contributed to this and the crew for the time they give up. It is with great pleasure we name this boat St John.”

The Princess Royal poured water on the St John, to the cheers of residents, schoolchildren and crew members, and three rescue workers braved the cold water of the Loch to test out their new boat.

After launching the St John, the Princess Royal was taken to De Vere’s new multi-million pound golf course The Carrick on Loch Lomond where she was given a royal tour of the massive development.

It marked the end of a busy day for the Princess as she had also visited the Maid of the Loch in Balloch and unveiled a plaque to mark the refurbishment of the winch-house and slipway.

She was greeted by the Maid’s biggest supporter, seven-year-old Christopher Donnelly from Dumbarton, who presented the Princess with flowers.