Staithes and Runswick host spectacular lifeboat weekend

The busy Staith and beach during lifeboat weekend
The busy Staith and beach during lifeboat weekend

The villages of Staithes and Runswick have raised more than £12,000 at a bumper lifeboat weekend.

More than 2,000 people enjoyed the attractions and displays laid on by the life-saving charity and money is continuing to pour in with organisers expecting to have raised in excess of £13,000.

Crowds watch the duck race

Crowds watch the duck race

Several hundred people took part in last Friday’s Nightgown Parade led by the Ryedale Jazzmen with crew members and villagers wearing nightgowns and Staithes bonnets in a procession up the cobbled streets to Staithes Athletics Club.

Star of the show was Whitby’s William Riley lifeboat which visited both Staithes and Runswick on Saturday - around trip of 20 miles - rowed by a 13 strong crew from Whitby’s Fisherlads Rowing Club.

Demonstrations of mock rescues took place in Runswick Bay and Staithes while other attractions included a duck race, fire works and raft race.

The keenly contested raft race was won by Luke Hutchinson’s Team Puke. It was Luke’s sixth victory in the annual race but next year will see a different winner as 16 year old Luke is about to join the lifeboat crew and will be ineligible.

Staithes high speed Atlandtic Class lifeboat Pride of Leicester with the WIlliam Riley

Staithes high speed Atlandtic Class lifeboat Pride of Leicester with the WIlliam Riley

The festivities drew to a close with twin open air services of thanksgiving at Runswick and Staithes lifeboathouses on Sunday.

The lifeboat crew wow crowds with their demonstration in Runswick Bay

The lifeboat crew wow crowds with their demonstration in Runswick Bay

The annual nightgown parade in Staithes

The annual nightgown parade in Staithes