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Whitby RNLI welcome comedy stars to station

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a week of celebrity visits for the volunteers at Whitby lifeboat station.

Firstly John Challis better known for playing Boycie in Only Fools and Horses visited after his performance at Whitby Pavilion.

John Challis is a big supporter of the RNLI and auctioned off a ‘meet and greet’ after his show to raise funds for the charity organisation.

The second celebrity visit was from comedian Jimmy Carr.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson, had been helping on a private safety boat during some filming for The Grand Tour, a new Amazon Prime show starring Jeremy Clarkson.

Jimmy Carr visited the station after filming in the harbour on a jet ski.

Richard said: ‘They were both so friendly and accommodating and happy to pose for photos on the lifeboat. Jimmy Carr was cracking jokes as you would expect, he was hysterical.’

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