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Weekend of remembrance for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from the station took part in various events throughout the weekend.

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Whitby RNLI Lifeboat crew at Whitby's service of remembrance.
On Friday 11 November the volunteer crew at Whitby RNLI joined in with the town's remembrance service at Dock End, marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day with a two minute silence.

On Saturday 10 November a service was held at Whitby Lifeboat Station. The crew and members of the public gathered to remember the 20 lifeboat crew who lost their lives during the two world wars and the many more who risked their lives to save others during the conflicts.

Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'It is an honour to be able to remember all those who lost their lives at sea during the war, not just the lifeboat crew but all those who fought bravely for our country. Thank you to Revd Michael Gobbett and his team for a moving service.'

After the service the crew took the all weather lifeboat to sea and scattered petals as a mark of respect.

On Sunday the crew laid a wreath at the town's second service at the war memorial and attended a church service at St Mary's.

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

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The crew pay their respects to those lost at sea during the wars.

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A remembrance service at Whitby RNLI station.

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