Flying the flag for our lifeboat crews at RNLI Flag Day

Tommy Rowley, left, is presented with a statuette for 25 years service to the RNLI by Colin Lawson, 16 June 2012.

Tommy Rowley, left, is presented with a statuette for 25 years service to the RNLI by Colin Lawson, 16 June 2012.

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A small army of volunteers is all set for Scarborough RNLI’s annual flag day

On Friday, between 9am and 5pm, numerous lifeboat volunteers will collect donations at various points in and around town.

They are hoping to exceed the £3,800 gathered at last year’s RNLI flag day.

The flag day is being organised by Colin Woodhead, Scarborough RNLI’s flag-day officer, who chairs the lifeboat station’s management committee.

The collecting points will be at Morrisons, Sainsburys, Proudfoots in Eastfield and Newby, outside the Sands, the Brunswick Pavilion, Westborough, the Balmoral Centre entrance, the lifeboat station, Aberdeen Walk, the Sea Life Centre and other locations.

The collectors include Ayton Ladies Lifeboat Guild - chaired by Mary Gray, Ken and Betty Dale, Scarborough Rotary Club, Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild - led by Gladys Freeman, Margaret Wetherill, Ted Agar, Ian Hamilton, members of Scarborough Yacht Club, Eric Pickup, Brian Holliday, town crier Alan Booth and mayor Helen Mallory.

A team of money counters will be led by Val Johnson, who will be presented with a statuette for 25 years service to the RNLI. The same honour was recently made to assistant deputy launcher Tom Rowley by former operations manager Colin Lawson.

The day after flag day, on Saturday, the mayor and mayoress, Helen and Lucy Mallory, will be given a conducted tour of the lifeboat station and a trip on the all-weather lifeboat, if the weather is suitable and the lifeboat hasn’t been called out.

Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “Our volunteers always give 100% and we hope to raise as much as, if not more than, we did last year.”