Whitby RNLI crew prepare for the annual flag weekend event.

Lifeboats News Release

The event will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July.

L-R: RNLI crew members Richard Dowson, Anthony Gibbon, Keith Attridge, Howard Fields and Andy Brighton prepare for the weekend's fundraiser.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

L-R: RNLI crew members Richard Dowson, Anthony Gibbon, Keith Attridge, Howard Fields and Andy Brighton prepare for the weekend's fundraiser.
The flag weekend is a fun-filled fundraising event for all the family and will take place at Dock End in whitby between 10-4 each day.

The usual favourites will be there such as a tombola, book stall and dog bandana stall, as well as the chance to meet the local coastguard crew.

The Whitby Lifeboat volunteers will perform a demonstration at sea on Sunday subject to conditions, keep an eye out on our social media for more details.

There will also be the chance for local boat owners and anyone with a lifejacket to come along to a free lifejacket clinic at the event.

At our free lifejacket clinics, specially trained RNLI volunteers will show you how to maintain your lifejacket to keep it fully functioning. They'll show you how to check it for wear and tear and do simple maintenance tasks like replacing gas bottles and firing heads. At one of our recent clinics, 80% of participants found faults when checking their lifejackets, and some found serious defects.

Don't wait till you're in trouble to find out your lifejacket is not working properly. Find out where your nearest lifejacket clinic is by registering your interest today.

Specially trained RNLI volunteers will show you how to maintain your lifejacket to keep it fully functioning. They'll show you how to check it for wear and tear and do simple maintenance tasks like replacing gas bottles and firing heads.

At one of our recent clinics, 80% of participants found faults when checking their lifejackets, and some found serious defects. Don't wait till you're in trouble to find out your lifejacket is not working properly.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'We always look forward to the flag weekend as it is a chance to meet and thank our supporters in person. We look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones too.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]



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