Filey RNLI’s Bumper Lifeboat Weekend.
Organisers of this year’s Filey Lifeboat Weekend have hailed the event a resounding success.
Thousands flocked to Filey’s Coble Landing over the weekend to support the RNLI and enjoy the shows and displays. And with the weather holding fine on both days, a massive £8000 was raised with a further £4000 worth of souvenirs sold.
On Saturday, there were static displays from the White Rose Goldwingers Motor Cycles along with trial bikes and the Scarborough Fair steam organ as well as book sales, souvenirs and tombola.
Highlight of the afternoon was the annual raft race. 10 teams entered the competition. The winners this year were the Filey Coastguard team but every team that took part, earned a prize: even those that sank on the way to the finish!!
Just as the raft race was finishing, the inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, was diverted to 2 persons on Filey Brigg, cut off by the tide at a place known locally as “Agony”. The ILB quickly returned them to Coble Landing.
The main event on Sunday was the launching of both lifeboats just after 1pm and the display by the new Coastguard helicopter shortly after 3pm. Dearne Big Band was on hand to entertain everyone, whilst Magic Mike hosted a series of shows on Coble Landing for the children. The Ramshackle Shanty Men, who also performed on Saturday, gave a rendition of their songs. Filey Coastguards and North Yorkshire Fire Service (Filey crew) and Slimming World’s “Guess the weight of the crew” provided static displays along with Filey Rotary’s Human Fruit Machine. There was a mammoth tombola, a selection of games as well as the chance for youngsters to “win a duck”; all of which took place at the boathouse. Scarborough Fair steam organ and the trial bikes returned for a second day. Filey RNLI LIfeguards and the RNLI Face to Face team also assisted raising funds. And the RNLI’s very own Stormy Stan was on hand throughout the weekend.
John Ward, Filey RNLI’s Press Officer said: “The RNLI relies solely on donations from the public and every penny that we raise on Lifeboat weekend will go towards the running of Filey Lifeboat Station. The weather was excellent throughout the weekend. We were amazed at the number of people who were in the area around Coble Landing over the two days.
Thanks must go to every single person who has helped in any way over the weekend to raise such a fantastic amount for Filey RNLI ”
Notes to editors
- Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
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