RNLI crew are out on the pull

The crew give it a go
The crew give it a go

Scarborough Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be pulling out all the stops on Sunday, November 17 when volunteers will be holding a sponsored tractor pull to help raise funds for their launching equipment appeal.

In September, the charity that saves lives at sea began an appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a state-of-the-art Supacat vehicle which is needed to launch their new Shannon class lifeboat, due on station in 2015.

The tractor pull will be taking place in the West Pier Car Park behind Scarborough RNLI lifeboat station, from 10am to 4pm.

The challenge will involve pulling a 9.5 tonne Talus tractor, used to launch the charity’s in-shore lifeboats, across the car park.

RNLI lifeguards and Scarborough RNLI volunteer crew members will make up two of the teams. However, up to 18 teams of six can take part in the event and the RNLI is hoping that members of the public will join in the fun.

Each team will be timed on how long it takes to pull the tractor to the finish line and the team which reaches the line in the quickest time will be awarded a trophy.

The cost for a team of six is £30 and the minimum suggested fundraising amount is £100 per team.

Hannah Jackson, RNLI community fundraising manager, said: “It’s going to be a great day for the whole family. There’ll be a viewing area in which to cheer the teams on, as well children’s games, souvenirs and Christmas cards to buy and an opportunity to look round the lifeboat station.”

To sign up email scarborough.appeal@rnli.org.uk or call Hannah on 07787 846432.