Auction bonanza for Staithes RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI enjoyed a triumphant Easter Sunday bonanza raising more than £4,000 for the life saving charity at its annual auction.

Auctioneer wielding hammer at RNLI auction

RNLI/Grant McKee

TV antiques expert in action at Staithes RNLI Easter auction
TV antiques expert Caroline Hawley was the auctioneer, leading a packed crowd at the village’s famous Cod and Lobster pub through more than 80 lots.

‘It was a fantastic evening,’ said Ms Hawley, ‘and when we heard half way through the auction that one of the Whitby RNLI boats had been called out on a shout, that really underlined what it’s all about.’

Top bids were £700 for a group outing on the Tees Port harbourmaster’s launch and £500 for an underground tour of the local Boulby potash mine. Three handmade model RNLI lifeboats from the collection of the late Staithes lifeboat man James Wright all fetched good sums.

Organiser Stuart Purdie confirmed that the total amount raised had passed £4,000 for the second successive year. ‘It speaks volumes for people’s generosity and how they feel about the RNLI,’ he said. ‘Huge thanks to all who donated some excellent lots and once again to Caroline who gave up her weekend to come to Staithes and bring tremendous charisma to the occasion.’

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