Weather is no dampener for lifeboat supporters

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Whitby’s lifeboats and crews opened their doors to the public at the weekend, giving an insight into the work of the RNLI.

There was plenty going on at the town’s annual flag weekend where funds are raised to support and enable Whitby and the country’s other crews to help save lives at sea.

In addition to the traditional blessing of the boats service on Sunday that was carried out by the Rt Rev Paul Ferguson the Bishop of Whitby, Canon Edwin Newlyn and Malcolm Jackson, the association priest missioner, there was a new event organised by the crew, The One Sheet Boat Challenge.

Six members of the lifeboat crew had to make a boat out of one sheet of plywood and nothing else, then race them with the public placing bets on who will have the winning vessel.

The venture was dubbed a “hilarious” success and it is hoped that the event will be repeated next year with an opportunity for the public to have a go too.

The new coastguard helicopter did a flypast on the Sunday but was delayed due to bad weather conditions preventing it from taking off at its base in Hull and throughout the weekend there were various displays from Whitby’s all weather and inshore boats, the George and Mary Webb and the OEM Stone III.

Coxswain Mike Russell said: “The weather wasn’t what we hoped but nonetheless we had a great time. There are lots of people involved in the flag weekend and thanks to everyone who came to see us and support us.”

Crowds at the Blessing of the Boat. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

Crowds at the Blessing of the Boat. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

The blessing of the boat, Cannon Edwin Newlyn, Malcom Jackson Ascociation Priest Missioner and the Rt Reverend Paul Ferguson , Bishop of Whitby. Picture Katrhyn Bulmer.

The blessing of the boat, Cannon Edwin Newlyn, Malcom Jackson Ascociation Priest Missioner and the Rt Reverend Paul Ferguson , Bishop of Whitby. Picture Katrhyn Bulmer.