Fierce rivals stand neck and neck now...

Pip Rowntree with two of her sunflowers.
Pip Rowntree with two of her sunflowers.

Fierce rivalry has erupted between Scarborough’s lifeboat and yacht club over a sunflower competition.

The contest was inaugurated four years ago by the yacht club, which won it for the first two years. But now, after winning this year and last, the lifeboat club has drawn level.

Dave Jackson's winning entry

Dave Jackson's winning entry

Dave Jackson, one of the lifeboat coxswains, produced the tallest specimens for two years running – this year’s winner measured 9ft 10in.

Roger Buxton, who won a pair of sunglasses, came second, followed by Clive Murray, who won a cake baked by Andy Volans.

The other entrants were Win Russell, Dave Turner, Sarah and Wave Crookes, Rob and Caroline, Angela and Jonny, Mick Holder, Jon Livsey, Eddie Mills, Helen Baker and Martin Donnolly.

The booby prize went to Richard Craven, who for the second successive year entered a stick. The good-natured competition raised £165 for the RNLI. It was organised by Pip Rowntree and Andy Volans, who are keen sunflower growers but didn’t enter, in case they won!

From left: lifeboat coxswain Tom Clark, Roger Buxton (2nd place), Richard Craven (booby prize winner), Pip Rowntree and Andy Volans.'Photo by Dave Barry

From left: lifeboat coxswain Tom Clark, Roger Buxton (2nd place), Richard Craven (booby prize winner), Pip Rowntree and Andy Volans.'Photo by Dave Barry

The prizes were donated by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Bob Suffell of East Coast Marine, Andy Volans, Mark and Mel Rawlinson of Sunrise café, Tom Rowley of the Regal Lady, Rudi Barman and Pip Rowntree.