Staithes and Runswick join together for lifeboat weekend

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Staithes and Runswick RNLI station beat the worst of the weather to enjoy a highly successful Lifeboat Weekend at the two seaside villages.

And it was a case of ‘nice weather for ducks’ as the stormy weather on Sunday failed to deter those taking part in the annual duck race.

The RAF Sea King over Staithes Lifeboat Weekend
Picture by Colin Harrison
The RAF Sea King over Staithes Lifeboat Weekend Picture by Colin Harrison

More than 2,500 visitors came to the various attractions over the three days and with the money still being counted organisers are confident the final total will match last year’s total of £13,000 for the lifesaving charity.

Staithes Lifeboat weekend co-ordinator Colin Harrison said: ‘We’ve had a near-perfect weekend. I want to thank everyone who came along and made it such an enjoyable party both at Staithes and Runswick and for the vital money they’ve contributed and, of course, to our wonderful volunteer crew and supporters who put in so much hard work both on the day and behind the scenes.’

Highlights included a packed Nightgown Parade through the streets of Staithes on Friday night; Saturday’s joint exercises with lifeguards on Jetskis, lifeboats from Whitby and Redcar and an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield, raft racing, and a mock cliff rescue by HM Coastguard.

On Saturday evening, the Staithes harbour front played host to Fancy Dress competitions, Irish dancing, jazz performances and a fire-eating display culminating in a fireworks spectacular at nightfall.

The raft race at Staithes Lifeboat Weekend
Picture by Dave Manship
The raft race at Staithes Lifeboat Weekend Picture by Dave Manship

Bad weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of the open air service of thanksgiving at Runswick but an 800-strong duck race went ahead at Staithes and the award-winning North Skelton Band took over the boathouse for a packed-out concert before the Rev. Alan Coates closed the festivities with the RNLI prayer and traditional seafarers’ hymns.

The dates for next year’s Lifeboat Weekend are August 14, 15 and 16.

Demonstrating the Staithes lifeboat equipment
Picture by Dave Manship
Demonstrating the Staithes lifeboat equipment Picture by Dave Manship
Fireworks marked the conclusion of Staithes Lifeboat Weekend
Picture by Colin Harrison
Fireworks marked the conclusion of Staithes Lifeboat Weekend Picture by Colin Harrison
 

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