Boxing Day fun set to bring in crowds to beach

Boxing Day raft race.Picture Richard Ponter 135206f
Boxing Day raft race.Picture Richard Ponter 135206f
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Thousands of people are expected to flock to Scarborough’s South Bay for the annual Boxing Day festivities.

The fun gets under way at 10.30am when Scarborough’s mayor, Cllr Pat Marsburg, kicks off the annual football match on the beach near the lifeboat house.

Music before the match will be provided by the Comic Band, who will walk down Newborough with the teams.

The match is between the fishermen and firemen and has been running since 1893. The “firemen” are traditionally the men who stoked the fires on board fishing vessels.

There will also be a mile of pennies, where people are invited to line up their coppers along the kerb from the lifeboat house all the way along Foreshore Road.

Organiser Liz Blades, from the Fishermen and Firemen Charity Fund, said: “The event raised more than £1,500 last year and we were able to give out 100 food vouchers to local elderly people.

“The money comes from collection buckets and the mile of pennies. We’re hoping for an excellent turnout again and wold encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the festivities.”

Following the football match there will be a presentation of trophies outside the lifeboat house.

The crowds will then move to the harbourside to watch the crazy raft race, which will get under way at approximately 12.30pm.

Spectators are advised to get there in good time as it can get very busy, with up to 2,000 people normally watching the event.

Colin Lawson, of Scarborough Sub Aqua Club, said: “We’re looking forward to another good year and hoping for around 12 teams.

“We’ve had lots of enquiries and have got a few teams signed up already.”

He added that the rafts will paddle around the middle of the harbour and not round the pontoons due to the tides.

For entries to the raft race, please call the Sub Aqua Club on 07838 455583. Teams still have time to enter.