Boxing day football on the beach

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Hundreds of people flocked to Scarborough’s South Bay beach to watch the 119th annual Fishermen and Firemen’s football match.

The match was kicked off by mayor Helen Mallory and entertained the huge crowds until just before noon.

The Fireman (red shirts) and Fishermen teams, pictured with the Mayor and Mayoress Helen and Lucy Mallory, and referee Fred Normandale, ready for their 119th fun football game for charity on the South Bay sands, a Boxing Day Scarborough tradition. Photo by Andrew Higgins 125205a 26/12/12

The Fireman (red shirts) and Fishermen teams, pictured with the Mayor and Mayoress Helen and Lucy Mallory, and referee Fred Normandale, ready for their 119th fun football game for charity on the South Bay sands, a Boxing Day Scarborough tradition. Photo by Andrew Higgins 125205a 26/12/12

This year the fishermen were victorious, winning with a score of 6-3, and Mark Plumber was named man of the match.

Referee Fred Normandale was celebrating his 50th year of taking part in the beloved Boxing Day event.

He said: “It’s a tradition we’ve all grown up with and we hope it’ll keep going.

“We’ve just picked up the baton and it’s our generation’s turn to run with it.”

He added that with this year, the Fishermen and Firemen’s fund has been able to give out 120 food vouchers of £30 each to elderly people living in the Old Town.

Among the crowd was cricket legend Dickie Bird, who said: “I always come to this match and I always enjoy it.

“They kick lumps out of each other! But it’s all for a good cause.”

Stephen Downey, a hotel worker, of Alma Square, was also watching the spectacle.

He said: “It’s brilliant - I always come down. We need to keep these sort of things going and they make some decent money for charity too.”

Margaret and Geoff Bennett were visiting Scarborough from Mexborough with their family.

Mrs Bennett said: “We’ve been coming for about 20 years. We love watching the football and the raft race.”

Retired secretary Gill Nicholson, of the Old Town, said: “It’s lovely to see so many people out here supporting it.”

Organiser Liz Blades said she was delighted with the turnout and that the event had gone really well.

She said: “We’re lucky that we had a window in the weather! People are enjoying it and the mile of pennies has gone extremely well.”