The team from Middlesbrough were delighted to support the Staithes 2019 RNLI event. RRT provided around 500 meals for the attendees as well as distributing around 1200 bottles of our rebranded “bottled legend” water featuring our new mascot Cookie! The team were also able to present a cheque to the RLNI of £2,040.73 from donations on the day.
The event is seen as the biggest weekend of the year for Staithes and Runswick RNLI station and takes many months to prepare. This year, an estimated 3,000 people attended the popular event, which started with a Friday evening “Nightgown Parade” where, led by a jazz band, crew members and villagers don nightgowns and traditional Staithes bonnets to form a procession up the cobbled streets to Staithes Athletic Club.
The weekend also included lifeboat demonstrations at sea, a raft race, a fancy-dress parade, sailing club events, concerts and a fireworks display. The event closed on Sunday with twin open-air concerts and services of thanksgiving at Runswick Bay and Staithe.
In total, the event raised over £14,000 for the lifesaving charity – a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.
Over the last 148 years lifeboats have been stationed at both Staithes and Runswick and the crews have been presented with nine awards for gallantry. Today’s inshore lifeboat is located in the small fishing village of Staithes.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.