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Filey Lifeboat Weekend 2017

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI Lifeboat weekend for 2017 will start on the afternoon of Friday 21st July and continue on both Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 23rd July.

Stormy Stan with Coxswain Barry Robson at Lifeboat weekend 2016

RNLI/John Ward

Stormy Stan with Coxswain Barry Robson

A fun-filled programme of events is planned over the 3 days with something for every member of the family to help raise funds for Filey Lifeboat Station.

The activities start with a mammoth afternoon tea being held in the boathouse during Friday afternoon. Members of the crew will be on hand to serve teas and scones with jam and cream. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes (!!) but if you would like to spend time in the boathouse enjoying a cream tea and watching our inshore lifeboat being launched, then tickets are available at our shop on Coble Landing. Our summer raffle tickets will also be on sale.

The annual raft race, this year, will take place on the Saturday afternoon from about 1.30pm and teams are encouraged to enter. There will also be a static display by the White Rose Goldwings Motorcycle group who will hold a tombola at the boathouse on Coble Landing. Lifeboat souvenirs will be on sale as well as second-hand books. And summer raffle tickets. The Ramshackle Shanty Men will also be performing their songs at about 11am. Hopefully Stormy Stan will be on scene for photographs and there may well be an inflatable all-weather lifeboat on show.

The main event on Sunday will be the launching of both lifeboats just after 1pm and we hope for a display by the Coastguard rescue helicopter (subject to any call-outs). Dearne Big Band will be on hand to entertain everyone. Other emergency services will provide static displays along with Filey Rotary’s Human Fruit Machine. There will also be a static display of trial bikes. There will be a massive tombola, summer raffle tickets, craft and book stalls, souvenirs, a selection of games as well as the chance for youngsters to “win a duck”; all of which will take place at the lifeboat station.

David Wilson, Chairman of Filey RNLI 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. With our beautiful coastline and good Yorkshire hospitality, it promises to be 3 fantastic days for all the family. We look forward to good weather this year and plenty of visitors to help Filey Lifeboat”

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.

2016 RNLI raft race.

RNLI/John Ward

RNLI raft race in Filey Bay.
Helicopter and Filey lifeboat on exercise.

RNLI/John Ward

Coastguard helicopter 912 on exercise with Filey's all-weather lifeboat.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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