Scarborough Lifeboat’s volunteer crew held their annual Flag Day on Saturday July 23, raising around £500 in vital charitable donations to help save lives at sea.
The annual event run by Scarborough Lifeboat Station volunteers helps bring the local community and people visiting the area on holiday to the station to help raise awareness of the RNLI and the charity’s purpose.
Visitors had the opportunity to see parts of the station not usually open to the public, which even included tours of Scarborough RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats.
Volunteer crew members were on hand to offer demonstrations, tours, sea safety tips and to answer questions from curious visitors.
Post coxswain, Lee Marton said:
“Flag Day is a big date in our calendar of events”
“It’s not only a day where we can bring people in and really show the public how the RNLI and the station works from the inside, but it also gives us, the crew, a day to celebrate. our accomplishments, recognizing what we are a part of, and taking the time to bond as a crew.
Once the shutters were closed for the day, the crew celebrated their exploits with a well-deserved barbecue on the beach.
Scarborough RNLI’s Lucy Collins carries the standard during the Blessing of the Boats ceremony
The Boat Blessing Ceremony took place on Sunday July 24th on the slipway with the Reverend Richard Walker leading the service, a tradition that has been going on here in Scarborough for many years.
Vital funds raised at the event will go towards essential gear and equipment and training so Scarborough Lifeboat Station will continue to save lives at sea for years to come.