Boxing day fun at the seafront

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Scarborough’s traditional Boxing Day events drew thousands of people to South Bay to enjoy the festivities.

Crowds flocked to watch the football match between the firemen and fishermen, which has been played every year since 1894.

Boxing day fun

Boxing day fun

This year the winners were the fishermen, scoring 10 goals to the firemen’s nine.

Referee Fred Normandale said: “It was a phenomenal game. There were 19 goals scored, which is a record.

“With the final kick of the game, the fishermen really pulled it out of the bag.”

The man of the match trophy was presented to Jimmy Rowley.

The football match was followed by the madcap raft race around Scarborough Harbour, as thousands of spectators looked on.

Sandra Rafton, of York, said: “It’s the first time we’ve come down and it’s lovely to see it so busy.”

Miles Hunn, of Barrowcliff, had come along with his wife Karen. He said: “We really enjoy it and try to come down every year.

“What’s really nice is to see everyone out and all the shops open after the floods.”

The race featured 10 rafts and the winners were Old Grannies in Rubber, with Winning raft in second place and the Costa Conflagratia in third.