Staithes annual lifeboat weekend is hailed a ‘tremendous success’

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Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s annual Lifeboat Weekend has been hailed as “a tremendous success” by organisers after raising over £13,000.

Co-ordinator Colin Harrison said: “Once again we’ve topped the £13,000 mark with more than £2,000 coming from from Runswick Bay. It’s been a great party but even more important are the funds that keep our vital volunteer charity work going.”

Friday’s Nightgown Parade through Staithes had to contend with with wet and squally weather but still drew a crowd of 300 and then the sun shone throughout Saturday and Sunday as the two seaside villages filled up for all the attractions.

There were high-speed lifeboat exercises where both Runswick and Staithes were joined by the Whitby all weather vessel for the rescue of two men from the sea after an “explosion” aboard a fishing boat.

Coastguards from Staithes and Skinningrove gave a dramatic demonstration of a cliff rescue by abseiling down the sheer 200 ft cliff face of Penny Nab at Staithes and The Bumblebees, helmed by Martin Croft, were runaway winners of the Raft Race across Staithes Harbour.

On Saturday the harbour front Staithe was packed for Fancy Dress, street dancing, Irish dancing, fire-eating and juggling culminating in a fireworks spectacular.

On Sunday, after the Great Duck race saw 800 ducks dawdling down Roxby Beck, both Runswick and Staithes rounded off the celebrations with a concert by the North Skelton Band and a Thanksgiving Service presided over by the RNLI’s branch chaplain Reverend Alan Coates.

Mr Harrison thanked the public for their generosity and paid tribute to all involved. He said: “Our volunteer crews have put in a tremendous shift as have all the shore helpers behind the scenes. Without all their time and hard work it just wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you all for making it such a happy event and such a fund-raising success once again.”