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Bumper Lifeboat Weekend for Filey RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Filey Lifeboat weekend 2017 has been an outstanding success, organisers have declared, with at least £6000 being raised in addition to a huge surge in sales at the Lifeboat Gift Shop on Coble Landing, Filey.

ALB and ILB returning to shore

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Filey ALB along with Filey ILB

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

The activities started with a mammoth afternoon tea being held in the boathouse during Friday afternoon. The crew were on hand to serve teas and scones with jam and cream. Later in the evening, members of the crew visited our 3 local Haven Holiday Centres and a number of pubs in the town collecting over £400.

The annual raft race, this year, due to take place on the Saturday afternoon, was postponed due to adverse sea conditions and re-arranged for the Sunday, where, in glorious sunshine and a gentle breeze, 11 teams fought for the trophy. The Murton Roofing Team were easily the winners with Filey Sailing Club finishing second. Best not to reveal what happened to the Lifeboat Crew entry but suffice to say they were comprehensively beaten by the “Wifesboat” Team!!!

Also on Saturday there was a static display by the White Rose Goldwings Motorcycle group who ran a tombola. The Ramshackle Shanty Men performed their songs at about 11am. And Stormy Stan was on hand for photographs.

The main event on Sunday following the raft race, was the launching of Filey’s all-weather lifeboat, Keep Fit Association as well as Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, with guests Viscountess Downe (Filey RNLI President) and the Mayor and Mayoress of Filey on board, just after 1.30pm followed by a rescue demonstration with Filey Sailing Club and a display by the Coastguard rescue helicopter. Dearne Big Band was on hand to entertain everyone. Other emergency services provided static displays along with Filey Rotary’s Human Fruit Machine. There was also a static display of trial bikes. There was 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 took place at the lifeboat station.

David Wilson, Chairman of Filey RNLI said: “Every penny that we raised over Lifeboat weekend will go towards the running of Filey Lifeboat Station. Although the sea conditions and weather led to the raft race being postponed until Sunday, the weather held fine throughout the final day. It gave thousands of people the opportunity to support the RNLI here in Filey and we thank them for giving so generously”

Acting Lifeboat Coxswain, Neil Cammish, added:”It has been a fantastic 3 days here at Filey and I would personally like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make it such a success. It’s a fantastic team effort.”

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.

Helicopter working with Filey ALB

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Filey ALB with Coastguard Helicopter 912
Some of the ILB crew launching for Lifeboat Weekend.

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Filey ILB and crew
Raft race winning team just finishing.

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Filey RNLI raft race winners
Filey RNLI raft team lost their raft as soon as they went in the water.

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Filey RNLI Team didn't get too far!!

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