Scarborough RNLI flag day raises £3,422
Scarborough RNLI’s annual flag day raised £3,422 on Saturday.
The lifeboathouse was open to the public and visited by hundreds of people including the borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey.
The inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched for a joint exercise with the lifeguards.
Collections were taken along the seafront, in the town centre and at Proudfoots in Newby.
On Sunday, Rev Richard Walker, lifeboat chaplain and vicar of St Mary’s, conducted a church service in the lifeboat station.
The Shannon lifeboat was moved onto the slipway so Scarborough RNLI personnel could line up at the big door, facing the congregation.
The service was organised by Cllr Janet Jefferson, who gave the first reading. Other readings were given by Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI; Sub-Lieutenant Natalie Davies of the Sea Cadets; Captain Peter Simpson, who chairs the Wilson Mariners Homes; Captain Chris Burrows, the deputy harbour master; the borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey; and Jim Spencer of the Merchant Navy Association.
After the service, the Shannon was moved back into the lifeboathouse for the station’s annual open day.
Visitors were shown around the lifeboathouse and, for a small donation, allowed to board the Shannon.
The two events coincided with the Seafest festival of music, theatre and cookery demonstrations, centred on the West Pier.
A third event, Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild’s summer fair, raised £365.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.