WHITBY’S RNLI crew is gearing up for a rescue of a different kind – its footballing reputation.
After losing out to a last- minute goal in a charity match against the cast and crew of soap Emmerdale three years ago the town’s lifeboatmen hope a re-match will put them on a level playing field.
The 11-a-side game will take place at Whitby Town’s Turnbull ground on Sunday 2 September with all proceeds going to Whitby RNLI.
Some of the lifeboat crew visited the ITV studios and set recently where the soap is filmed to finalise some of the arrangements.
The game last time made £3,000 for to help buy essential kit and equipment.
Crewman Richard Dowson said: “They wanted to do the re-match the last time they came through but it has just been a matter of waiting a while. We can’t do it every year.
“We are just going to raise as much money as we can. Last time we played it was November and the weather was poor so hopefully it will be better.”
As well as crew members the team will involve friends of the crew such as Jamie Wassall who is the goalkeeper for Fylingdales Football Club.
He added: “It started with a group of mates that wanted to do it for charity and we have mates that are in the crew, that is why we decided to do it.”
Gates open at 1pm on the day with kick off at 2pm.
There will also be a raffle, auction, kids’ penalty shoot-out and refreshments.