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Rosie Wood's 100th birthay

News item dated 9 September 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Rosie Wood at 100 ready for action!  
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Photo's are (left) Rosie Wood at !00 ready for action (right) Rosie Wood with family and friends presenting her donation to John Porter Lifeboat Visitor Officer (voluntary) on board the all weather lifeboat.

Rosie Wood celebrated her 100th birthday by donating hundreds of pounds to Scarborough RNLI.
The lively centenarian climbed a flight of stairs to board the lifeboat and present cash donations made in lieu of presents, at her request.
Her relatives and friends gave £445 to the rescue charity.
Rosie, from Longeaton in Nottinghamshire, came to Scarborough for her honeymoon in 1936 and has been back almost every September ever since.
“I have always supported the RNLI,” she said. “It is one of the few charities that doesn’t get any government support and depends on donations and volunteers.”
Scarborough RNLI chairman Colin Woodhead said: “We are deeply grateful to Rosie and everybody who makes generous donations like this, upon which we are completely dependent.”
Rosie is pictured with members of her family and Scarborough RNLI’s visits officer John Porter, who accepted the donation on the charity’s behalf.

Bob Swalwell 1925 - 2013

News item dated 9 September 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Bob and Betty Swallwell taken in April 2013

Bob & Betty Swalwell taken in April 2013

 

BOB SWALWELL, a former minesweeper, publican and lifeboat volunteer, has died, aged 88.
He passed away in his sleep at 4.45am Monday, with his wife Betty at his side at home in Scarborough.
Bob had been in poor health for the last couple of years and had been receiving respite and medical care at St Catherine’s Hospice.
He wanted his funeral to be on a Friday afternoon, because, he said, local fishermen would have finished work by then. It will be at St Mary’s Church next week.
The flags at the lifeboathouse and the Wilsons Mariners Homes have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.
Bob was a prominent and active member of the seafront community, with many friends and acquaintances.
His distinctive white quiff made him recognisable a long way off. Modest and proud, Bob had a ready smile, a sharp wit and an excellent memory.
Born in Dumple Street (now Friargate) in 1925, Bob spent all his life on or close to the sea. As a teenager, he couldn’t wait to enlist in the armed forces, following in the footsteps of his dad, four brothers and three sisters.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and was posted aboard HMS Ganges.
“We were seconded to the minesweepers and served up and down the east coast,” he said in an Evening News interview in 2008.
“When the Japs capitulated we were sent to Malaya. We swept the islands around Singapore clear of mines, and the Dutch East Indies, which is now Indonesia.”
Bob met Betty in the summer of 1947 at the old Olympia ballroom, on the seafront.
“It was a ritual, every Friday,” he said. “The Leon Hampson Band, all dressed in dinner suits, used to play.”
Born in Cornwall, Betty Davey came to Scarborough as a young woman, to work at a boarding house. She served in the Auxilliary Territorial Service for four years.
By chance, Bob and Betty were demobbed almost simultaneously.
They married at the register office, then in Dean Road, in 1948 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in February.
The couple had three children - Robert, Stephen and Christine. The trio each had two children, who in turn provided the Swalwells with six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
In 1958, Bob began a long association with the RNLI. He spent 15 years as a crew member then assistant mechanic on the main lifeboat. For six of those years he doubled up on the inshore boat.
In 1970, the RNLI awarded a commendation to Bob for “meritorious conduct” during a rescue.
He collected money for the lifeboat, the fishermen and firemen’s charity fund, the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and other charities.
For many years, Bob played a key role in organising the wreath-laying at sea on Remembrance Sunday for the Royal British Legion, and collected money for the same cause from 1958 until 2004.
But voluntary work didn’t pay the bills. Bob and Betty were publicans for many years, running the Castle Inn, nicknamed Shalla Watta, in Longwestgate, then the Britannia and Golden Last in Eastborough from 1958-73.
Bob was the third oldest of nine and his mum was one of 16. His elder brother Frank, who lives in Burniston, was a prisoner-of-war in Italy and Germany for four years during World War Two.

 

Goldwings Light Parade 2013

News item dated 7 September 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Scarborough Mayor on  a Honda Goldwing Tryke
Scarborough Mayor Cllr Andrew Backhouse Rides Pillion at the head of the parade
Another highly decorated Goldwing

OVER £5,000 was raised for Scarborough RNLI at the sixth annual Honda Goldwing weekend.
Watched by thousands of spectators, 127 bikes and trikes from Goldwing motorbike clubs all over the country, including many from Yorkshire, converged on the seafront for a ‘golden light parade’ on Saturday evening.
Many of the riders wore fancy dress and played music on powerful four-speaker sound systems on their bikes.
“The bikes have a lot of show lights,” said co-organiser John Bates. “Some look like mini-Christmas trees. Lots of the riders go to town and that’s what makes it a spectacle.”
Lifeboat station treasurer Val Johnson spent about 12 hours raising money for her favourite cause.
She said: “Although the weather wasn’t as good as last year, we were still amazed by how many people turned out and donated.
“We raised £5,132.66, which is a brilliant amount of money to start the appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a launch-and-recovery vehicle for our new lifeboat,” Mrs Johnson said.
Scarborough RNLI president Colin Woodhead added: “About £2,200 was collected in buckets in a couple of hours on Saturday night.”
Mr Bates said that, sadly, it would be the last Goldwings parade in Scarborough as he has had to accept responsibility for spectators’ safety.
Mr Bates, from Worksop, was deeply moved by RNLI work a few years ago.
He said: “During the awful floods of 2007, I watched on the TV the RNLI teams who came to inland towns like Doncaster and Sheffield rescuing people from homes and workplaces, and I thought that was brilliant.”
Mr Bates proposed that the Goldwing clubs raise money for the RNLI. Over the last six years, they have raised £32,432 for Scarborough and Filey lifeboats.
For the last four years, Mr Bates has been helped by co-organiser Janet Houseman.

 

 

 

 

Flag day 2013

News item dated 3 August 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Front row middle is Mayoress Sue Backhouse, Mayor Andrew Bachouse, Coxswain Tom Clark surrounded by crew members and shore helpers

The photo shows the mayor and mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse, with lifeboat personnel.

Scarborough RNLI’s annual flag day raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

Hundreds of people made donations large and small at collection points throughout the town.

The total - £3,242 – was about £250 more than was raised last year.

“Most people in Scarborough know we are getting a new lifeboat and lifeboathouse, and the money we raised on flag day will go towards the new facilities,” says branch chairman Colin Woodhead.

A small army of collectors included the town crier, Alan Booth, and the mayor, Andrew Backhouse, who visited the lifeboathouse and went for a ride on the all-weather lifeboat.

Mr Woodhead paid tribute to the people who made donations and to the volunteers who gave up their time to collect donations for the lifeboat rescue charity.

“Flag day could not happen unless we had the support of these very willing volunteers who give their valuable time to stand at various collections points. As ever, we are extremely grateful to each and every one of them,” Colin adds.

The photo shows the mayor and mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse, with lifeboat personnel.

 

Scarborough Coxswain attends garden party at Buckingham Palace

News item dated 12 July 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

 

Tom Clark Coxswain Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat with fiancee Nicky Ridley in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Scarborough lifeboat coxswain Tom Clark has had an invitation he couldn’t refuse – tea with the Queen.

With 30 years’ service under his belt, Tom was invited to one of the monarch’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

His name was put forward by Lord Crathorne in his capacity of lord lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Among the others present were the Duke of Kent, an RNLI patron, the Earl of Wessex and the Marines and Paratroopers bands, which played the national anthem.

“It was a really special occasion; it makes you proud to be British,” says Tom, who was accompanied by his fiancée Nicky Ridley. “I love all this pomp and ceremony.”

Tom was introduced to the Queen and they shook hands.

“You’re not allowed to talk to her,” Tom says. “If she wants to talk to you she will, but she didn’t.”

However, the previous time Tom had a close encounter with the monarch, she did want to talk – but only briefly.

“I met the Queen at the opening of the RNLI College in Poole in 2004,” Tom recalls.

“It was hotter then than it is now, with the sun beating down, and we all had to wear ganseys and hats.”

Tom and about 200 other coxswains and helmsmen from all over the UK and Ireland had been arranged by a photographer and were waiting for the Queen to come and stand at the front with them.

Tom was in the middle of the first row, right behind the Queen, who asked him where he was from.

Tom was also at Scarborough’s open-air theatre when the Queen opened it in 2010.

 

 

Oddfellows Vale of York Branch donates £500 to the Lifeboats

News item dated 17 June 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

 

Barbar Needham Nranch President Vale of York branch presenting their cheque to John Porter Lifeboat Visitor Officer. Colin Woodhead Chairman of Scarborough Lifeboat Management  Group is 3rd from right on the back row.

About 30 members of the Oddfellows visited Scarborough RNLI’s lifeboat station to hand over a big cheque.

The social group’s Vale of York branch was staging a quarterly district meeting at the Red Lea Hotel in the town.

Members from Pontefract, Goole, York, Scarborough, Whitby and Kirkbymoorside had lunch at the hotel before visiting the lifeboathouse on Saturday afternoon.

Branch chair Barbara Needham presented a £500 cheque to the life-saving charity. She is pictured at the lifeboathouse with colleagues and RNLI personnel John Porter Lifeboat Visitor Officer receiving the cheque and on the back row (3rd from the right) Colin Woodhead Chairmanof the Lifeboat Management Group.

£1 million support helps fund local lifesavers

News item dated 7 June 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

 

Two new volunteer crew members at Scarborough RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).

Adam Beston, 28, of High Mills Drive, and Jason Hedges, 27, of Phoenix Drive, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s trainee crew course.

A key part of the course is the sea-survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects.

These include how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat and the importance of lifejackets.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, which has a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea.

The training was funded by the LRF, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It is funding the sea-survival element of the trainee crew course for a five-year period from January 2011 to December 2015. This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their total support to just over £1.5 million.

Adam, who is the manager of local garage Boro Tyres, said he joined the RNLI because he had always been involved with boats and wanted to put something back into the community.

Jason, a paramedic with the local NHS trust, said: “The course was fantastic. The trainers, equipment and college were to an extremely high standard and nothing was too much trouble.”

Adam added: “We have learned to trust the equipment that much more now we have seen what it can do. To top things off we had an amazing five days of sunshine!”

Steve Parker, Scarborough lifeboat operations manager, said: ‘The support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea-survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.

‘This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea-survival skills, providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.”

In 2010, LRF received the group supporter award from Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Volunteer awarded RNLI Gold Badge

News item dated 28 May 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

 

After nearly 20 years of fundraising for the RNLI, a volunteer’s hard work has been rewarded with a gold badge.

Val Johnson, the treasurer of Scarborough lifeboat station, was presented with the badge by the Duke of Kent, who is president of the RNLI, at the charity’s annual awards ceremony at the Barbican in London last week (Thursday 23 May 2013).

“A lot of people work really hard in the background, behind the scenes, to raise money for the RNLI and no-one does it for accolades, but it’s nice that someone has recognised what I do,” Val said afterwards. “It gives you quite a buzz.”

Val has been fundraising for Scarborough lifeboat since 1994 and became treasurer in 2000.

Local RNLI president Colin Woodhead commented: “The Scarborough branch is very honoured with the award of a gold badge to Val Johnson in recognition of her outstanding service to the RNLI.

“Val became involved with the RNLI some 20 years ago and has been our branch treasurer for 13 years, a position she has filled with unstinting commitment and diligence. We wish her many more happy years with the RNLI.”

Easter Eggs

News item dated 13 March 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Pip Rowntree and her eggs

With Easter not far away, a keen yachtswoman has swapped sails for knitting needles in aid of the RNLI.

Pip Rowntree, of Bridge Close in Burniston, has raised over £100 for Scarborough lifeboat by making and selling orange woollen Easter chickens.

She wraps them around a chocolate cream egg, places a little ribbon around their necks and sells them for £2 at the yacht club. The proceeds go to the RNLI.

Pip, an occupational therapist based at Scarborough Hospital, was inspired to raise money for the lifeboat after a friend was rescued.

Roger Buxton nearly died when he was washed overboard in heavy seas while sailing his yacht Shameless from Whitby to Scarborough in May 2011.

Roger was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to hospital by helicopter.

The close shave prompted Pip to organise a games night with a promises auction and a raffle which raised over £1,000, in July 2011.

Her next fundraising endeavour for the RNLI will be a sunflower competition in the summer.

Goldwings 2012 The Result

News item dated 24 January 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

The goldwing group outside the boathouse

A big, well-polished motorbike took pride of place at the top of the launch ramp at Scarborough RNLI’s lifeboathouse on Saturday.

The 1800cc Honda Goldwing was positioned in front of the lifeboat by its owner, Burniston motorcyclist Brian Waller.

Mr Waller was among a group of Goldwing riders who were invited to visit the boathouse after raising a large sum of money for the RNLI.

Hundreds of members of Goldwing motorbike clubs all over the country, including many from Yorkshire, converged on the seafront for the town’s fifth annual Honda Goldwing weekend in September.

Co-organiser John Bates said many of the 238 riders at the “golden light parade” wore fancy dress and played music on powerful four-speaker sound systems on their bikes.

“The bikes have a lot of show lights,” said Mr Bates. “Some look like mini-Christmas trees. Lots of the riders go to town and that’s what makes it a spectacle.”

West Ayton nurse Ellie Walls led the procession, sporting the running suit she wore when she carried the Olympic flame through Scarborough.

£4,766.39 was raised through raffles, tombolas, collections and a bungee jump on the West Pier. About 10 people, including Paul Huggins of the inshore lifeboat crew, leapt from a cage mounted on a 175ft crane positioned over the sea.

Lifeboat station treasurer Val Johnson spent about 12 hours raising money for her favourite cause.

She recalled: “It was an absolutely stunning day, and a stunning evening, and the weather was absolutely brilliant.”

Scarborough RNLI president Colin Woodhead added: “The weather was perfect and thousands of people attended. About £600 was collected in buckets in a couple of hours on the Saturday night.”

Further donations were made on the Sunday when the lifeboathouse was one of many venues open to the public during English Heritage’s open-doors event. The open day was conducted in conjunction with local lifeguards.

Mr Bates, from Worksop, was deeply moved by RNLI work a few years ago.

He said: “During the awful floods of 2007, I watched on the TV the RNLI teams who came to inland towns like Doncaster and Sheffield rescuing people from homes and workplaces, and I thought that was brilliant.”

Mr Bates proposed that the Goldwing clubs raise money for the RNLI. Over the next four years, from 2008-11, £21,232 was shared between Scarborough and Filey lifeboats.

Last year, in addition to raising nearly £5,000 in Scarborough, the motorcyclists raised £536 at Filey’s annual lifeboat weekend.

For the last three years, Mr Bates has been helped by co-organiser Janet Houseman.

Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “The weekend was a great success and lots of people came through the door for the open day.”

This year’s Honda Goldwing weekend will be on 7 and 8 September.

 

Head Launcher Resigns

News item dated 24 January 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Mike Haddon receiving his leaving letter


A Scarborough RNLI stalwart has been formally congratulated for his work by the charity’s chief.

Mike Haddon, 47, joined the lifeboat team six and a half years ago but has resigned his role as head launcher.

Mr Haddon, of Overton Terrace, is moving to Scotland to run a climbers’ bunkhouse and run guiding trips in the mountains.

RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier thanked Mr Haddon for “all the time, the commitment and the sheer hard work” he had put into his voluntary role.

“The RNLI depends totally on the generosity of individuals; whether it is our crew, our donors, fundraisers or staff,” Mr Boissier said.

“In particular, as part of the Scarborough lifeboat station, you have played a vital role in the continuing success of the RNLI.

“I hope you will leave the institution with a richly-deserved sense of pride in your achievements and recognition of the important contribution that you, personally, have made in keeping the institution going,” said Mr Boissier.

Mr Haddon said he was sorry to leave and that it had been “an honour and a pleasure” to work with such “a great bunch of lads”.

 

 

 

Coastal review meeting in Scarborough

News item dated 13 January 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Coastal review meeting in Scarborough

 

RNLI top brass visited Scarborough as part of a regular review of the area’s lifeboat stations.

The team included the charity’s Operations Director, Michael Vlasto, and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, who is Princess Anne’s husband and a trustee of the RNLI.

They toured the lifeboat station and met members of the volunteer crew and other personnel.

The delegation discussed RNLI operations in Scarborough and was particularly interested in gathering relevant data relating to shipping and boating activity in the area.

Steve Parker, operations manager for Scarborough lifeboat station, added: “The RNLI undertake reviews like this every five years and we were very pleased with the high turnout of crew for the visit.”

Coxswain Tom Clarke said: “The visitors complimented us on the high standard and volume of our training.”

Cheque received from Scarborough Yacht Club

News item dated 13 January 2013 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Scarborough yacht club present cheque for £1021.00

A cheque for £1,021 was donated to Scarborough RNLI by the town’s yacht club on Saturday evening.

The money was raised at various events including a race night and a dinner.

The cheque was presented by club commodore Nick Taylor to Scarborough RNLI chairman Colin Woodhead, at the club.

In turn, Mr Woodhead, presented Mr Taylor with an RNLI penant to be awarded to the winner of the annual RNLI penant yacht race on 2 June.

RNLI Standard Bearer received Diamond Jubilee Medal

News item dated 10 December 2012 by Dave Barry Scarborough Lifeboat Press Officer

Left to right Steve Parker Operations Manager, Ross Tyson, Tom Clark Coxswain

Left to right Steve Parker, Ross Tyson, Tom Clark

A Queen’s diamond jubilee medal has been awarded to Scarborough RNLI’s veteran standard bearer.

Ross Tyson, 80, was a member of the coastguard watch, based in the castle grounds, and the Life-Saving Rocket Brigade, in the early 1950s.

He joined the lifeboat team as assistant tractor driver in 1954, became a crewman on the town’s first inshore rescue boat in 1965 and was appointed head tractor driver when he retired as a crewman 25 years ago.

Mr Tyson said he had created the role of Scarborough RNLI’s standard bearer and that very few lifeboat stations had such a position.

Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “It was with the greatest pleasure that we presented Ross with the Queen’s diamond jubilee medal. He is a very worthy recipient.”

Mr Tyson was presented with his medal at an RNLI social event at the Anglers Club on Sunday evening.

It followed the annual lifeboat memorial service at St Mary’s Church.

Jointly conducted by Rev Martyn Dunning and Rev Pam Jennings, the service remembers the 16 crewmen who have died on duty and three bystanders who perished while trying to help RNLI rescue attempts.

Tom Rowley, a deputy launch authority, spoke about the RNLI’s work. Tractor driver John Ritchie read out the roll of honour, listing the names of those who died. Rev Mike Leigh, a classically trained bass singer, sang two songs with a maritime flavour. Filey Fishermen’s Choir sang a medley of songs. Scarborough coastguard and sea cadets also took part.

The service was attended by the mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory, and mayoress, Lucy Mallory.

Goldwings Light Parade 2012

News item dated 10 September 2012

OVER £5,000 was raised for Scarborough RNLI at the fifth annual Honda Goldwing weekend.

Hundreds of members of Goldwing motorbike clubs all over the country, including many from Yorkshire, converged on the seafront for a ‘golden light parade’ on Saturday evening.

Co-organiser John Bates said many of the 238 riders wore fancy dress and played music on powerful four-speaker sound systems on their bikes.

“The bikes have a lot of show lights,” said Mr Bates. “Some look like mini-Christmas trees. Lots of the riders go to town and that’s what makes it a spectacle.”

West Ayton nurse Ellie Walls led the procession, sporting the running suit she wore when she carried the Olympic flame through Scarborough.

Raffles, tombolas and collections raised nearly £4,000 and a bungee jump on the West Pier should produce a further £1,250 when sponsor money is gathered.

About 10 people, including Paul Huggins of the inshore lifeboat crew, leapt from a cage mounted on a crane 175ft high and positioned over the sea.

Lifeboat station treasurer Val Johnson spent about 12 hours raising money for her favourite cause.

She said: “It was an absolutely stunning day, and a stunning evening, and the weather was absolutely brilliant.”

Scarborough RNLI president Colin Woodhead added: “The weather was perfect and thousands of people attended. About £600 was collected in buckets in a couple of hours on Saturday night.”

Mr Bates, from Worksop, was deeply moved by RNLI work a few years ago.

He said: “During the awful floods of 2007, I watched on the TV the RNLI teams who came to inland towns like Doncaster and Sheffield rescuing people from homes and workplaces, and I thought that was brilliant.”

Mr Bates proposed that the Goldwing clubs raise money for the RNLI. Over the next four years, from 2008-11, £21,232 was shared between Scarborough and Filey lifeboats.

This year, in addition to raising more than £5,000 in Scarborough, the motorcyclists raised £536 at the annual lifeboat weekend in Filey.

For the last three years, Mr Bates has been helped by co-organiser Janet Houseman.

Further donations were made on Sunday when the lifeboathouse was one of many venues open to the public during English Heritage’s open-doors event.

Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “The tractor which launches the all-weather lifeboat and pulls it back into the boathouse afterwards was hitched up in front of the boat, which visitors boarded.

“The weekend was a great success and lots of people came through the door for the open day.”

Next year’s Honda Goldwing weekend is already being planned. It will be on 7 and 8 September.

 

 

Musician raises funds in memory of Great Grandfather Frank Dalton

News item dated 27 August 2012


The tragic tale of a Scarborough lifeboatman who died on a rescue mission is told in a fundraising song by his great grandson, Daniel Webster (photo above Daniel Webster © Scarborough RNLI)

Frank Dalton was killed in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9 December 1951.
In a westerly gale with snow squalls, the 499-ton Dutch merchant ship Westkust was reported to be sinking 26 miles off Scarborough, while sailing from the Firth of Forth to Hamburg.
Its cargo of coal dust had shifted and the ship was taking in water and listing 35 degrees.
Its bilge pumps were choked and one of two lifeboats had been lost and the other damaged.
The self-righting ECJR lifeboat was launched at 11.30am and at 2.30pm a wireless message from the Westkust gave a revised position of 21 miles east of Flamborough, 20 miles south of the first location.

The sea was so rough that the lifeboat took seven and a half hours to reach the stricken vessel. Two lifeboatmen, Mr Dalton and assistant mechanic Tom Mainprize, boarded the Westkust to assess the situation.
The Dutch skipper had hoped to reach a harbour but then decided to abandon ship.
Coxswain John Sheader took the lifeboat alongside and the Westkust’s 10-man crew jumped in.
On the lifeboat’s next approach, Mr Mainprize jumped safely aboard but a big wave suddenly separated the boats and Mr Dalton was left hanging full length from the Westkust’s rail. The sea then threw the boats back together, crushing Mr Dalton, who fell onto the lifeboat, his pelvis smashed.
The ECJR headed straight for the nearest port, Bridlington, but by the time it arrived, at 1.30am, Mr Dalton had died.
He is one of 16 Scarborough lifeboatmen who died in service and whose names are recorded in a memorial plaque on the front wall of the lifeboathouse.
Above the names is the inscription: “In loving memory of those who have given their lives rescuing those in peril on the sea”.
More than 60 years after Mr Dalton’s death, his great grandson, professional musician Daniel Webster, aims to raise money for the RNLI.
Dan has written a song about his ancestor’s heroism and is running in the Great North Run in Newcastle on 16 September and the Chester Marathon on 7 October.
The song, entitled Frank Dalton, tells the tale of the tragic rescue attempt and will be released as a download single on iTunes on 5 October.
“Tracks from my last album have been aired on Radio 2 and Channel 4 on TV,” says Dan, who lives in York.
The Daltons were once a big family in the town. Several generations fished out of the harbour, says Dan, whose grandfather, Jack Dalton, lived in Quay Street and Cooks Row. He died in 2009.
“The Dalton heritage is gone now so my fundraising helps keep the Dalton connection with the seafront community going,” Dan says.
Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “We are extremely grateful to people like Dan for their fundraising efforts for the RNLI.”

 

Lifeboat Stalwart receives award of Statuette

Tom Rowley's Statuette

A recently decorated RNLI stalwart has dedicated the silver statuette he was awarded to the memory of his father.
Tom Rowley, 65, was presented with the honour “in recognition of his valuable help”, according to the legend at the bottom of the mini-statue.
The well-seasoned seafarer, of Longwestgate in Scarborough’s Bottom End, is one of three deputy launch authorities (DLAs) lifeboat station, along with Mick Bayes and Richard Craven.
“If there’s a shout, it’s up to us to help the coastguard decide which boat to launch”, he says. DLAs also deputise for the station’s new lifeboat operations manager, Steve Parker, in his absence.
“I’ve been looking forward to working with Steve, who has brought a lot of fresh ideas with him, and I’m looking forward to welcoming the new lifeboat and seeing the new lifeboathouse built,” Mr Rowley says.
Although never a regular crew member, Mr Rowley has been involved with the RNLI most of his life, on and off.
“If there weren’t enough crew available, I’d jump in with me dad in me younger days,” he recalls. Back then, rockets were fired in emergencies to summon the crew.
Mr Rowley remembers the lifeboat disaster of 1954, when the lifeboat turned over in the harbour mouth in a south-easterly gale.
“Dad was in a coble called Premier, which had been at sea that day but got home safe. The lifeboat was escorting all the other cobles back in.
“Old man Westwood pushed our door open and shouted ‘Lifeboat’s capsized!’ Dad’s chair fell over as he ran off,” says Mr Rowley, who was aged eight.
“I went down with my mother and stood on the West Pier looking for survivors. Three crewmen died. It was proper bad weather.”
The tragedy is remembered every year with a church service at St Mary’s.
Mr Rowley’s dad, also called Tom, had joined as a signalman in 1951, sending messages by morse code.
After the disaster, Denk Mainprize became cox, Bill ‘Jitta’ Sheader became second cox and Mr Rowley’s dad became bowman, succeeding those who died.
“Dad was on lots of shouts,” says Mr Rowley. “He went to the oil rig Neptune a mile and a half off Ravenscar, on a really bad night. The rig was in danger of collapsing. I went down to the boathouse but Jitta turned me away as there were already two Rowleys aboard and they never liked too many members of the same family on at once, in case the boat got into difficulties.”
Mr Rowley’s dad was promoted to second cox in 1958. In 1973, he had to take charge on a dangerous rescue off Cayton Bay, when the cox, Mr Sheader, was on holiday. A former motor torpedo boat was in serious difficulties in the middle of the night, in a force-10 gale. The mission took nearly four hours.
Tom Rowley Snr was awarded the RNLI’s bronze medal for gallantry and took three of his five children, including Tom Jnr, to London’s Royal Festival Hall, for the presentation ceremony. “It was a proud moment,” recalls Mr Rowley, whose 36 years as a fisherman included 23 as skipper of the Our Margaret trawler. For the last 14 years, he has been skipper of the Coronia pleasure boat, which he now helms three days a week in the summer.
Mr Rowley’s son and grandson are following in his maritime footsteps. His son Tom, 43, has been in the Royal Navy for 27 years and is a lieutenant commander and chief weapons officer on HMS Dauntless in the Falklands.
His grandson Tom, 21, is also in the Royal Navy and has just passed out at Plymouth. He is training in naval warfare.
Mr Rowley is a volunteer at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Eastborough, a cause close to his heart. His wife wife Lindy is vice-chair of the centre.

 

Lifeboat Operations Manager Retires

Colin Lawson

On 16 June 2012 Colin Lawson who had been Operations Manager for the past two years retired. Colin joined the Scarborough Lifeboat Station in 1979 as a crew member on the Inshore Lifeboat and has given 34 Years service to the Scarborough Lifeboat Station and to the RNLI.

Through the years Colin has held many positions namely crew, Deputy Launch Authority, Press Officer and latterly as the Operations Manager. At a party to celebrate his retirement he was presented with a Whisky Decanter with six glasses each glass was inscribed with the name of one of the six all weather lifeboats that have seen service during his years of service together with a bottle to fill the decanter. He was also presented with a signed crew photograph and by the incoming Lifeboat Operations Manager Steve Parker with his Certificate of Service from the RNLI.

Colin Woodhead Branch Chairman gave a potted history of Colins service to the RNLI and thanked him for all of his commitment to Scarborough Lifeboat Station, he wished him well for the future.

Colin thanked everyone for attending the event and for the gifts. He also thanked those who had helped him whilst he has been Operations Manager he said we can look forward to a new boathouse in 2013 and a new lifeboat in 2014.

Relief Inshore lifeboat on station at Scarborough 14 September 2011
Scarborough's inshore lifeboat John Wesley Hillard III is temporarily off station undergoing routine maintenance and has been replaced with an inshore lifeboat from the relief fleet. The relief lifeboat is numbered D730 she is also an IB1 and is named "Constance Green". She was donated to the RNLI by the Constance Green Foundation.
New All Weather Lifeboat for Scarborough

Scarborough will be one of the first lifeboat stations in the country to receive an innovative new class of RNLI lifeboat, the Shannon 13 Metres in length powered by twin water jets with an operational speed of 25 knots A drawing of an example of the Shannon class lifeboat is shown below

A drawing of the Shannon class of Lifeboat

The new £1.5m lifeboat will replace Scarborough’s current RNLI Mersey class lifeboat, Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, when she comes to the end of her operational life in around three years time. The new lifeboat will be funded by a generous legacy from Frederic William Plaxton, former chairman of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton.

Colin Lawson, Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said everyone connected with Scarborough lifeboat station was thrilled to hear that they will be one of the first in the country to operate the new class of lifeboat. He added: ‘The Shannon is a revolutionary vessel, quite different to our current lifeboat, and the volunteer crew at Scarborough are very much looking forward to receiving her on station. We are so grateful for the generous gift from Mr Plaxton - legacies are a very important source of funding for our charity and without people like Mr Plaxton, the RNLI would be unable to carry out its vital lifesaving role.’

The Shannon has been designed in-house by RNLI naval architects who have harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure the new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service and to allow the charity’s volunteer crew to do their lifesaving work as safely as possible in all weather conditions. The new lifeboat features twin water jets instead of conventional propellers, allowing her to operate in shallow waters and be highly maneuverable, giving the crew greater control when alongside other craft and when in confined waters. The water jets also reduce the risk of damage to the lifeboat during launch and recovery, or when intentionally beached.She will be the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to run on water jets instead of propellers. The Shannon’s seats are designed to protect the crew members’ spines as much as possible from the forces of the sea in rough weather. Additionally, the Shannon incorporates SIMS (System and Information Management System) which allows the crew to monitor the lifeboat from the safety of their seats, again reducing the likelihood of injury to the volunteer crew members during search and rescue operations. With a top speed of 25 knots, the Shannon is faster than her predecessor the Mersey, which has a top speed of 17 knots.

The introduction of the Shannon will be the first step in enabling the RNLI to fulfil its commitment to ensure that all its operational all-weather lifeboats have a top speed of 25 knots – a crucial factor when lives are at risk. The Shannon can be launched and recovered from beaches independent of slipways and harbours and a new RNLI tractor and carriage is also being developed to accompany the Shannon. Like all RNLI all-weather lifeboats, the Shannon is self-righting and will return to an upright position in the event of a capsize during extreme weather or sea conditions. The new class of lifeboat will undergo full sea trials later this year, with the first operational Shannon class lifeboats going on station in 2013. Mr Plaxton, who was known as Eric, left the RNLI at Scarborough a generous legacy in 1995, administered by the Plaxton Charitable Trust. The legacy was specifically for Scarborough’s next all-weather lifeboat and because at that time Scarborough’s current vessel was relatively new, the funds had to be set aside until the station’s Mersey class came to the end of her operational life and there was a need for a replacement lifeboat. The new lifeboat will be named Frederick William Plaxton in honour of Mr Plaxton’s father, the founder of the family coach building firm.

 

A presentation evening was held at Scarborough Yacht Club on 6 May 2011 to recognize the 102 years combined  service given to Scarborough Lifeboat Station by Francis Appleby, John Pearson, Mick Baker and Syd Garson . All were welcomed by Colin Lawson Scarborough Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Francis Appleby receiving his Certificate of Service from Coxswain tom Clark

Francis Appleby pictured on the left who has just retired as Head Tractor Driver after giving33 years service was presented with a Certificate of service a photograph signed by the crew and a piece of engraved crystal. Francis joined as a shore helper in February 1978, joined the all weather lifeboat crew in 1983, left the crew in January 1990 to be appointed Head Launcher a position he held until being appointed Head Tractor Driver in 1992’. John Pearson, pictured right was a crew member from 1974 to 2002 when he left to join the shore crew. He stayed with the shore crew until he retired for the first time in 2004. He then rejoined the shore crew in 2008 until he retired again in 2011.

John Pearson received his Certificate of Service from Coxswain tom Clark
Mick Baker pictured right was a crew member from 1983 until 1992 giving 10 years service. When he left he unfortunately did not receive his Certificate of Service so that omission was rectified today with Coxswain Tom Clark presenting it to him. Mick Baker receiving his certificate of service from Coxswain Tom Clark Syd Garson pictured right was the Station Chairman for 22 years and he is shown receiving his certificate and framed picture. Syd became Chairman of the Station Management Committee in 1988 and although he oversaw many changes through the years Syd was particularly thanked by Colin for steering the team through a transition in 2003 to the present Lifeboat Management Group. Syd Garson, receiving his Certificate of Service from Coxswain tom Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federation of Railway Clubs raise £870.00 for Scarborough Lifeboat Station

Scarborough’s Ambassador Hotel was the venue for the Federation of Railway Clubs(Eastern) annual conference. The clubs are social clubs which prior to de-regulation used to be the British Rail Staff Associations sports and social clubs. There are currently 43 clubs in the Eastern region and these clubs were represented by  more than 80 delegates.

Each year they hold a charity raffle and this year their chosen charity was Scarborough Lifeboat Station. During the evening raffle tickets were sold and the raffle drawn, many prizes were returned to be subsequently auctioned to raise more money. When all had been counted a cheque was handed over by   David Browett (Chairman) and Terry  Stevens (General Secretary) to John Porter who had attended representing Scarborough Lifeboat Station. John thanked the group for their fantastic and most generous support he said that it was incredible that such a large amount had been raised and that the money would be put to good use helping us to save lives at sea.

Federation of Railway Clubs handing over their donation to John Porter RNLI

Gilbert Gray QC President  of Scarborougb Lifeboat Station who died on 8 April 2011

Gilbert Gray QC and Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Gilbert Gray QC was a long-serving, dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and will be greatly missed by all connected with the charity – especially by volunteers at some of the RNLI’s Yorkshire lifeboat stations, where he was always a welcome visitor and here in Scarborough where he was our station’s  President.

Gilbert was invited to become President of Scarborough lifeboat station branch, a position he held until his death giving almost 50 years of unstinting  service. to Scarborough.  During this long and happy association he was regularly around providing his special touch to the events including many lifeboat naming ceremonies. His last event was the recent naming of our current inshore lifeboat John Wesley Hillard III.  Further and deeper involvement with the RNLI ensued and in 1983 he joined the RNLI Council  and served for 20 years before becoming an RNLI Vice-President..

Colin Lawson, Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said Mr Gray was ‘irreplaceable’. He added:

‘I’ve known Gilbert for more years than I can remember and he really was one of a kind. He’s been a father figure to me and to many others at the lifeboat station, as well as a great friend to all of us. He was an amazing character; a wonderful orator who could deliver humorous but moving speeches and was always in demand to speak at lifeboat naming ceremonies and other special RNLI occasions.

‘We were all very sad to hear of his death. Gilbert will be remembered by all who knew him as a wonderful chap, a true friend and a proud Yorkshireman who was great company and a true ambassador for the RNLI.’

Mike Vlasto OBE Operations Director RNLI commenting said,

“Gilbert Gray  was a great supporter of the RNLI for many years with a particular focus on the North East stations and Scarborough Lifeboat Station in particular. His interest in and support of local RNLI initiatives was greatly appreciated and often made quite a difference. Not a man to follow as a speaker at the annual crew dinner - his oratory was always humorous, to the point and effective. He will be sadly missed”

No doubt many people will have their own way of remembering Gilbert but the words “A true ambassador, supporter, friend  and Yorkshireman” for Scarborough lifeboat station fit the bill

The Ancient Order of Foresters High Chief Ranger Mike Grealy has chosen the RNLI as his charity for his year in office and they have so far raised over £26,000.00 which is to be used for crew training. At a  conference which was held in Scarborough recently  an invitation was extended  to the RNLI for a representative  to give them a presentation. John Porter from the RNLI gave the presentation in which he showed pictures of lifeboats which had been funded by the Foresters, video clips of the comprehensive training that the volunteer crews undergo and finally a thank you to the Foresters for their continuing  generous support.

  An invitation was given to visit  Scarborough Lifeboat Station on the Sunday afternoon, this invitation was accepted and  a group of Foresters including the High Chief Ranger visited and   enjoyed   a tour of the station.
A group from the Ancient Order of Foresters on their visit to Scarborough Lifeboat Station
Brian and Rosemarie Raines of Malton present cheques for £400 in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary to Colin Lawson Scarborougnh Lifeboat Operations Manager

Brian and Rosemarie Raines of Malton visited Scarborough Lifeboat Station recently to present a cheque for £375 in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They also handed over a cheque for £25 which one of their friends had donated.

The  cheques were accepted on behalf of Scarborough Lifeboat Station by Colin Lawson who is the Operations Manager. Colin said  “ This is a most generous donation which I am delighted to accept. All of us here at Scarborough Lifeboat Station wish you good health and many more happy years to come and thank you once again for your generosity.

Our Station Lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson & Frank Stubbs is currently away from the station having a service. Whilst she is away our relief lifeboat is "Fishermans Friend". This Lifeboat was purchased through the efforts of Mrs Doreen Lofthouse of Fleetwood who owns the factory which makes Fishermans Friend sweets. You will notice that the hull below the waterline is painted red. This is an anti foul coating to preserve the boat as whilst ours when not at sea is housed in a boathouse this boat will often have to lie afloat and this coating prevents damage to the hull. Fishermans Friend Lifeboat
   

 

© J P Porter 2001-2013 rev 9/9/2013