Seafest means a busy weekend for RNLI

Words and photo by Dave Barry 

Scarborough RNLI is looking forward to a busy Seafest fundraising weekend.

The lifeboat’s annual flag da on Saturday 21 July will be followed by an open day on the Sunday.

They will coincide with the Seafest festival of music, theatre and cookery demonstrations, centred on the West Pier.

On the Saturday, the lifeboathouse will open from 10am.

The Shannon lifeboat will be launched at about 1pm with the mayor, Cllr Joe Plant, on board for a joint exercise with the coastguards’ search-and-rescue helicopter.

Visitors will be able to take part in a sandcastle competition and pose for photos wearing lifeboat gear.

On the Sunday, Rev Richard Walker, vicar of St Mary’s, will conduct the Seafest church service in the lifeboathouse, starting at 11.15am.

The Shannon will be parked on the slipway for the service then moved back into the lifeboathouse, which will be open from noon until 4.30pm.

Both days will feature RNLI mascot Stormy Stan; stalls promoting the RNLI campaigns Respect the Water and Swim Safe; and an inflatable Shannon, although this was still to be confirmed when the Review went to press.

On Armed Forces Day, 30 June, the Shannon will be launched at about 2pm for a joint exercise with the search-and-rescue helicopter.

On all three days, visitors will be shown around the lifeboathouse and, for a small donation, allowed to board the Shannon.

Tea and coffee will be served.

Anybody interested in joining the lifeboat crews will be welcome to attend and make enquiries about joining the RNLI team.

* The 1st Northstead brownies have raised £450 for Scarborough RNLI.

Nineteen of the 24 pack members, aged 7-10, walked nearly two miles along the seafront, from the Sands to the lifeboathouse.

They were accompanied by pack staff, parents, grandparents and other family members including a baby aged eight weeks.

After collecting the sponsorship money, the pack returned to the lifeboat station to present a cheque.