State-of-the-art makeover for lifeboat house

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Hoardings featuring artwork by local community groups and inspired by Scarborough’s rich history with the RNLI have gone up around the seafront site of the town’s lifeboat station.

Scarborough Museums Trust has worked with the local RNLI to engage four different community groups on the project. The finished artworks are on hoardings which will surround the site of the charity’s old lifeboat station on Sandside during its rebuilding.

The £3 million boathouse will house a state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat launch and recovery vehicle. The work is expected to take around a year.

Local RNLI education volunteers have worked with the museum trust’s Community Curator, Rachael Drew, and groups from the YMCA’s Y-Musical Theatre School, North Yorkshire County Council’s Youth Support Service’s Saturday afternoon drop-in group, Springhead School’s Sixth Form, and Scarborough Library, in partnership with Gladstone Road Primary School.

The four groups were visited by members of the lifeboat crew during special history sessions led by RNLI volunteers, including lifeboat visit officer John Porter and heritage education volunteer Tabz Nixon.

The groups also took trips to Scarborough Art Gallery to view historic paintings of lifeboat rescues, and to the boathouse on Scarborough’s seafront.

Their finished artworks, which incorporate both images and text in a variety of styles, will be seen alongside selected paintings from the gallery on the hoardings, designed by Adrian Riley of local design studio Electric Angel.

Rachael Drew said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this momentous event in the RNLI’s long history in Scarborough. We hope our lovely hoardings will give visitors something fascinating and informative to look at while the work is under way.”

The components of the launch ramp are starting to be constructed off-site and the pile supports will be installed in June.