Whitby celebrates its lifesavers at annual RNLI Flag Weekend

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Whitby celebrated its lifesavers with two days of fund-raising for the RNLI for its annual Flag Weekend which has raised more than £7,000.

Events centred at the bandstand where there were cakes and book stalls, a tombola, pick a peg, classic car show and children’s activities.

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The RNLI sea safety roadshow was also in attendance whole visitors were able to get a close-up view of the Whitby lifeboats which were open to the public on both days.

A highlight of the weekend was a rescue display on Sunday involving Whitby’s trent class lifeboat, the George and Mary Webb and Whitby’s inshore lifeboat, OEM Stone III. RNLI lifeguards on their jet ski and the Runswick rescue boat also showcased their skills on the water which included mock rescues including going to the aid of Wing Commander of RAF Fylingdales Rayna Owens who took part in the fun while a large crowd gathered to watch from the harbourside.

After the drama, people gathered on the Fish Pier for the annual blessing of the boats ceremony which this year was led by former Bishop of Whitby the Right Reverend Gordon Bates.

The tradition dates back more than 50 years to the time of Whitby’s Herring Fleet.

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Coxswain of Whitby Lifeboat, Mike Russell said a total of £7,400 had been raised over the weekend and added: “It seemed to be a good turnout for the blessing of the boats and we all enjoyed the weekend.

“We would like to thank everybody who helped and supported us and made donations over the weekend.”

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