Lifeboat Weekend proves a huge success

Filey Lifeboat weekend'3 year old Elliot Macauley enjoying the Lifeboat weekend..'Picture by Neil Silk  113159b
Filey Lifeboat weekend'3 year old Elliot Macauley enjoying the Lifeboat weekend..'Picture by Neil Silk 113159b
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FILEY Lifeboat Weekend made a real splash after raising £9,000 for the charity.

The two-day spectacular attracted hundreds of visitors to Coble Landing who enjoyed a feast of festivities.

The event kicked off with a display from the Yorkshire Goldwing Motorbike Club who raised £1,000 for the charity through a tombola before singer Carl Sutcliffe took to the stage to keep crowds entertained.

The second day of activities proved equally as popular with Filey’s all weather lifeboat, Mary Margaret, and inshore boat Braund, launching with the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from Leconfield to carry out a joint exercise which saw crewman Ben Hargreaves winched to safety by the helicopter crew from one boat to the other.

Sunday also featured a plethora of events for all the family including a show from entertainer Magic Mike, Filey Rotary Club’s Human Fruit Machine, a mammoth Filey Ladies Lifeboat Guild tombola, handicraft stall and second-hand bookstall, as well as the Dearne Valley Band, a Lifeboat Sea Safety stand, East Coast Seal Rescue, a children’s climbing wall and a pick a lifeboat station competition.

The weekend was officially opened by Val Nixon, a former Senior Lifeboat Area Fundraiser, with other guests including Filey Station President Diana, Viscountess Downe, Filey mayor cllr Richard Walker and mayoress Jacqui Walker and mayor of the borough of Scarborough, cllr John Blackburn

Viscountess Downe, from Wykeham, said: “The generosity of the pubic, especially during this recession has been truly amazing.

“I would also like to say how much I admire the selfless dedication of the crew on duty 24 hours a day in all weathers.  

“The atmosphere at the Boathouse and camaraderie of the crew is second to none.” David Wilson, chairman and lifeboat operations manager of Filey Lifeboat Station, added: “Despite the weather, we have had a very successful weekend which was very well supported.

“The charity relies 100 per cent on voluntary donations to enable it to continue and we are extremely grateful to everyone who came along and supported our station.”