Hoylake RNLI and Sailing Club to go head-to-head in annual Boxing Day Tug O’War
Volunteers from RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station will be facing a team from Hoylake Sailing Club in the 46th annual Tug O’War on Hoylake Beach at noon on Boxing Day.
The friendly competition was established in 1972 by Arthur Slater of Hoylake Sailing Club and then RNLI Coxswain Danny Triggs.
Since the tradition began, hundreds of onlookers have gathered outside the Sailing Club to watch the two teams battle it out in the sand for the coveted Slater Trophy; a small teapot which bears the name of the winning team stretching back 45 years.
This humble trophy started life in the boardroom of Cammell Laird shipbuilders during the 1960s when the Polaris programme’s Resolution-class nuclear submarines were under construction in Birkenhead. It was thrown out, dented and dull, into a McDermott’s sprout box which found its way to Hoylake.
After the inaugural Tug O’War tournament in 1972, the teapot was discovered, polished and engraved with the name of the first winning team - the Lifeboats. So began over 4 decades of friendly competition, often celebrated with a festive toast to the participants!
RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd said: “It’s great to see what started out as a bit of fun has become a meaningful event in the community’s calendar. A tug of war is such a simple thing, but it’s so entertaining. I can barely remember a Boxing Day without it and it gets bigger and better every year!”
The event is free to watch and a great opportunity to walk off the Christmas lunch! RNLI volunteers will be collecting on the promenade so that members of the public can show their support for the lifeboat station whilst enjoying the Tug O’War.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution relies on charitable donations and support from their local communities in order for its volunteer crews to continually fulfil search and rescue operations and save lives at sea.
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