Charity golf day raises £2,500 for Mission

Whitby Seafoods' charity golf day in aid of the Fishermen's Mission. Pictures: Ceri Oakes
Whitby Seafoods' charity golf day in aid of the Fishermen's Mission. Pictures: Ceri Oakes
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Whitby Seafoods and The Fishermen’s Mission recently hosted a charity golf day at Whitby Golf Club.

A total of £2,500 was raised for the Mission, and organisers confirmed that the event would be held once again in 2017.

Lining up a putt Whitby Seafoods' charity golf day

Lining up a putt Whitby Seafoods' charity golf day

Andy Jolliffe from The North Atlantic Fishing Company won the singles with 42 points, while Dean Bennett from local side Locker’s Trawlers came second with 40 points.

In the team standings, Locker’s Trawlers came first with 95 points, while Whitby Lions finished as runners-up with 90 points.

Mike Smith, port officer at the Fishermen’s Mission, spent the day meeting the competitors and handing out prizes to the winners. He was delighted by the support for the tournament.

“I think that it is very important for local and national companies, especially those connected to the fishing industry, to be involved in supporting the Mission. We would welcome their involvement,” he said.

Lady golfers taking time out from the competition to enjoy a bite to eat courtesy of Whitby Seafoods

Lady golfers taking time out from the competition to enjoy a bite to eat courtesy of Whitby Seafoods

“Without the help from companies like Whitby Seafoods, who are fantastic supporter and one of our biggest allies along this stretch of the coast, our work would be so much harder.

“We cannot thank them enough for their help in arranging this golf tournament.”

Representing Whitby was the Seafoods team, Whitby District Lions Charity, Whitby Fishermen’s Football Club, Locker’s Fish and Locker’s Trawlers.

Edward Whittle, Claire Whittle, Michael Murphy and Mathew Barker made up the Seafoods team, while Mark Storr, Steve Swales, Michael Brown and Mike Clarkson competed for Fishermen’s FC.

Teeing off at Whitby Golf Club

Teeing off at Whitby Golf Club

Storr, who manages Scarborough & District Saturday League outfit Whitby Fishermens Society FC, recalled how his family always appreciated the value of the Mission’s work, and how it played a big role in the local community.

“It dates back to the 1950’sand has done a lot of good,” he said.

“In the early days it was known as The Cragg Mission. Now the football club looks after the member’s team and four junior teams.

“We’ve come out for this tournament to support the Fishermen’s Mission and our golf club.

Turning out for Whitby District Lions Charity were Richard Jackson, Christopher Hanson, Dave Kirk and Bob Scott, and the quartet were on great form, finishing second in the team event.

There were also sides competing from much further afield.

Representing Hull was the Jubilee Church, which runs community outreach programmes for the disadvantaged.

Fastnet Fish had players representing Northern Seafood’s, Grimsby Fish Market and Hopwells, while the North Atlantic Fishing Company brought its own team from Harrogate.

Other sides included EIMSKIP from Immingham, and the Whitery Warriors, representing Whitley Bay.