Like the reunion of an old friend, the much-loved greasy pole competition returned to Whitby Regatta on Saturday where it was given a warm welcome.
To chants of ‘greasy pole, ‘greasy pole,’ those brave enough donned hard hats and lifejackets to test their skill on walking the greased up pole, kindly donated by Mulgrave Estate, to touch the flag on the end.
They were cheered on by a huge crowd who had gathered to watch on the Fish Pier next to the lifeboat house and across the harbourside.
After a handful of tries, Whitby’s Jamie Stevenson was first to the touch the flag, clinging onto the pole and then tumbling into the harbour.
He said: “I thought I would get it. It was easy.
“I’ve tried it before and I got close last time. I feel over the moon, it’s made my Regatta.”
Although Jamie was crowned the winner and presented with the men’s trophy, several others managed to touch the flag after him too.
Joanne Sharratt (48) who is originally from Whitby, was the only woman to take part and was awarded the women’s trophy.