Bulldozers set to move in as D-Day dawns

Lifeboat House demolition continues. pic Richard Ponter 151125a
Lifeboat House demolition continues. pic Richard Ponter 151125a

Scarborough’s historic Lifeboat House is to be removed today.

The roof tiles have been gradually removed in preparation for the main demolition as the crew prepares for their new state-of-the-art headquarters.

Since December members have been based out of a temporary home in the harbour as they wait for their new £3 million station to be built.

John Senior, Scarborough RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “It will be a historic day for Scarborough RNLI when full demolition begins on the boathouse, heralding the start of an important new chapter of lifesaving within the town.

“The work will provide a vital first step towards the new lifeboat station which will be able to house the charity’s Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat launching equipment.

“We’ll be very sad though to bid a final farewell to the old boathouse which has served us proud for many years and has been an invaluable base from which our volunteers have been able to save countless lives.”

Many of the materials from the old lifeboat house will be recycled, this will include brick and concrete elements of the building which will be crushed and used as fill for the new building. The timber rail that currently runs along the main slipway will also be recycled and turned into three benches, which will be located outside the new station.