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Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat blessed at a special ceremony

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday afternoon (24 May), exactly 150 years to the day since the first lifeboat arrived at Runswick Bay, Staithes and Runswick current RNLI lifeboat was blessed at a ceremony beside the village’s old lifeboat house.

A crowd of 50 gathered at the Runswick balcony to greet the Pride of Leicester.  Among those present was Margaret Clark of Runswick Bay, whose great-great grandfather Andrew Clark was coxswain of the first lifeboat, Sheffield, in 1866.

Representing the modern lifeboat was its youngest crew member 19-year-old Luke Hutchinson of Staithes, helmsman Phil Williams and Richard Sykes

The blessing of the boat and station was given by the Rev. Harry Nel, a former chaplain of the lifeboat station. Neil Anderson of Runswick Bay, chairman of the station, gave a champagne toast to the crew.

On Sunday, a reception will be held at 5.30pm in Runswick Fishermen’s Institute to mark the anniversary, featuring an exhibition of historic photographs of the lifeboats and crews of Runswick Bay.

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