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Records smashed at Staithes RNLI charity auction

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI enjoyed a record breaking night at their Easter charity auction on Sunday.

BBC TV Flog It presenter Caroline Hawley wielding the hammer at Staithes and Runswick RNLI's annual charity auction

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BBC TV Flog It presenter Caroline Hawley wielding the hammer at Staithes and Runswick RNLI's annual charity auction
More than £4,600 was pledged as TV antiques expert Caroline Hawley knocked down 70 lots, beating the previous record by just over £2,000.

Ms Hawley, a regular presenter on BBC TV’s Flog It and Bargain Hunt programmes, said she was thrilled by the response: 'This is the third time I’ve come to Staithes to support the RNLI and this was the best yet, a brilliant night.'

Some frenzied bidding in the Cod and Lobster harbourside pub at Staithes saw a guided underground tour of the Cleveland Potash mine just outside Staithes finally knocked down for £740. A trip down river and up the coast on the Harbourmaster’s launch of the Tees pilots went for £420. An 1834 antique map of Yorkshire, donated by Caroline Hawley herself, rounded off the night with a winning bid of £280.

Organiser Stuart Purdie said: 'I can’t quite believe it. We were secretly hoping to hit the £3,000 mark but this exceeds our wildest dreams. Enormous thanks to all the individuals and organisations who gave such attractive and generous lots and especially to Caroline who makes it such a magic event.'

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