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Whitbys youngest RNLI crew member, Andy Brighton in Queens Baton Relay

Lifeboats News Release

The baton is making its way around the UK before reaching Birmingham later this month, home of the Commonwealth Games 2022.

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andy Brighton with the baton aboard the inshore lifeboat at Robin Hood's Bay
Whitby RNLI launched their all weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb as well as the smaller D Class lifeboat at 5pm this evening (Wednesday 13 July) and headed South to Robin Hood's Bay.

As they approached Robin Hood's Bay Andy Brighton, 21, transferred from the all weather lifeboat to the inshore lifeboat to land on the slip way in the village and collect the baton.

There were crowds gathered in the village as RNLI volunteer Andy arrived and took the baton aboard the lifeboat. He then made his way back to the the all weather lifeboat for the voyage back to Whitby.

Just after 6pm the lifeboat arrived in Whitby, and Andy held the baton on the bow as it crusied through the famous piers and into Whitby harbour.

Crowds had gathered to see the Baton at the Fish Pier near the lifeboat station and the rowing clubs formed an arch of oars for the Baton to be carried through on the next step of its journey up to Whitby Abbey.

Andy Brighton said: 'It is a real honour to have taken part in the Queen's Baton relay, it is an experience I will never forget. The sun was shining and it was great to see people out and about waving as we brought the baton into Whitby.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes at [email protected]

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andy Brighton with the baton aboard the all weather lifeboat.

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andy Brighton with the baton aboard the all weather lifeboat.

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Crowds gather at Whitby Lifeboat Station to see the baton relay.

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andy Brighton with the baton aboard the all weather lifeboat waving to crowds.

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Andy arrives back at the Lifeboat station with the baton.

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