The fishing villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay are putting together final preparations for their biggest invasion of the year at next week’s action-packed RNLI Lifeboat Weekend.
Up to 3,000 visitors annually pack into the seaside villages to enjoy the attractions and displays laid on by the lifesaving charity.
Lifeboat weekend co-ordinator Colin Harrison said: “We have the reputation of hosting one of the best Lifeboat Weekends on Britain’s coast and we have every expectation of another bumper year.
“Together with some 40 listed supporters and sponsors it’s an event that really brings the community together and as well as delivering a great family party, the money we raise is essential to the RNLI’s ability to sustain a vital lifesaving service at sea and along the foreshore, all delivered by unpaid volunteers. A very big thank you to everyone involved.’
The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with the famous Nightgown Parade, where crew and villagers dress in white nightgowns and traditional Staithes bonnets to form a musical parade.
Then, throughout the weekend there are displays featuring Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s Atlantic 75 ‘Pride of Leicester’, as well as other lifeboats from along the coast.
Some of the events taking place at the weekend
Nightgown Parade - Friday evening
Rescue exercises - Saturday at 11am (Runswick Bay) and 2.45pm (Staithes)
Runswick Bay Sailing Club
Coble and Keelboat Society
The Raft Race - Saturday 4pm
Fancy Dress Parade - Saturday 6pm
Roxby Beck Duck Race - 11am Sunday morning
Thanksgiving services - 3pm (Runswick Bay) and 5.30pm (Staithes)