Thousands enjoy Boxing Day at seafront

Thousands of people flocked to Scarborough’s South Bay to enjoy the traditional Boxing Day festivities.

The football match between the fishermen and firemen - which has been played every year since 1893 - was won this year by the fishermen, who scored five goals to the firemen’s two.

The tradition began to raise money following the tragic sinking of the Evelyn and Maud. Money was raised for the families and dependants - and now all the money raised goes towards food vouchers for local elderly people.

Biff Plummer was named man of the match and was presented the Nick Rowley Memorial Trophy by Yorkshire cricket legend Dickie Bird, who comes to Scarborough every Christmas.

He said: “I always come down to see these lads play. They put a lot of effort into it - and they always come and shake hands with me. It’s a wonderful tradition - long may it continue.”

Referee Fred Normandale said: “I sincerely hope the current generation will keep this going as my generation did and generations before me.”

Crowds for the raft race in the harbour were as huge as ever, with spectators lining the piers, Sandside and Golden Ball slipway.

Entrants pelted each other with eggs and flour before paddling off round the harbour.

The winners were six-strong team Third Time Lucky, led by Stuart Witty, who said: “We’re over the moon - it feels brilliant.

“It’s great fun taking part - but very cold!”

Spectators included friends Shelley Hillaby, Kerry Bell and Hayley Garton, all from Scarborough, who come down most years.

Shelley said: “It’s a great way to get together. The raft race is hilarious - they all get really into it.”

Don and Mary Kitchman had come from Hull especially for the festivities. Don said: “It’s such a great tradition. We try and come most years now.”

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