Lifeboat celebrations

Staithes lifeboat
Staithes lifeboat

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat holds its big, annual fund-raiser this weekend.

Lifeboat weekend events begin today and run until Sunday and will be officially opened by for Staithes lifeboat crew member and Eastenders star Ace Bhatti, who plays Dr Yusef Khan in the BBC soap.

Tonight will see events kicked off by a display from the East Cleveland Belles at 6.45am in Staithes, followed by the night-gown parade.

On Saturday the first display by the RNLI lifeboats will take place at Runswick Bay at 11am and will be joined by Whitby and Redcar and coastguard rescue officers from Staithes and Skinningrove.

From 2pm the main events will take place in Staithes, featuring the RNLI lifeboats, a coastguard rescue officers exercise and an RAF rescue helicopter.

Following the display the public is invited to take part in the raft race at 4pm, with applications for the race available from the lifeboat station from tonight.

Throughout the evening there will be family entertainment and a barbecue on The Staith, ending with a fireworks display at 10pm.

Sunday sees the great duck race at Staithes from 11am, with ducks available to buy all weekend for £1 each.

The afternoon will see an open air service at Runswick Bay at 3pm, followed by another at Staithes lifeboat station at 6pm.

On Saturday the Esk Belle will be making a special trip to Staithes to take part in the event – it leaves Whitby at around 3pm, to return at 7pm.

The boat will stay for around an hour and a half which will allow short trips to take place out of Staithes harbour, with all proceeds being donated to the lifeboat.

Art dealers, Tom and Rosamund Jordan, will also be holding an exhibition in Staithes over the weekend.

There will be 40 original pictures by Hartlepoool artist, Robert Leslie Howey (1900-1981), for sale together with a selection of more North Yorkshire Coast original paintings by Michael Fowler, Ian Layton and Richard Marshall.

It will be held in the Memorial Hall, Cliff Road, Staithes, and is open from 11am till 4pm both days.

Admission to the exhibition and catalogues will be free but donations to the RNLI will be welcomed.