Lifeboat station pays respect to Scarborough resident with half mast flag

The flag at Scarborough lifeboat station will fly at half mast next Tuesday for the funeral of Sally Bullamore.

By George Buksmann
Friday, 5th February 2021, 2:42 pm

Sally was the last surviving descendant of Jack Sheader, the lifeboat coxswain who died while saving lives in 1954.

Jack was one of three crew who perished when the ECJR lifeboat overturned in the south bay in a storm on 8 December 1954.

In terrible conditions, with enormous waves and a howling gale, the lifeboat had been at sea all afternoon, escorting fishing boats back to the harbour. With its rescue work complete, the ECJR was engulfed by waves and capsized close to the harbour mouth.

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Sally, pictured with Rachel Jenkinson and Pam Jennings at the 2014 service.

Every year since then, the anniversary of the tragedy has been marked by a commemorative service at St Mary’s Church remembering those three in particular but also other lifeboat crew who have died at sea.

Her funeral will be at St Mary’s at 2pm on 9 February. The cortege will pass the lifeboat house en route to the church.