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Shop At Scarborough's New Lifeboat Station Opens

Shop At Scarborough's New Lifeboat Station Opens

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 4:17pm 27th October 2016. (Updated at 5:40pm 27th October 2016)

The shop at the RNLI’s new lifeboathouse in Scarborough has now opened it's doors.

The opening comes as preparations are made in the rest of the lifeboathouse for the arrival of the new Shannon lifeboat next month.

After the old lifeboathouse was closed last year, the RNLI opened its first temporary shop, on the edge of the building site. It closed on 25 July.

The new shop sells all sorts: calendars, diaries, jigsaws, fridge magnets, Christmas cards, pens, tea towels, teddy bears, mugs, model lifeboats, biscuits, marmalade, sweets and various items of clothing including waterproofs.

John Senior, lifeboat operations manager, said:

“This is a very exciting week for Mike and his team of dedicated RNLI shop volunteers. It marks the beginning of a new era for the Scarborough lifeboat station.

“All being well, we should be taking over the new building some time next week. We will move the administration team over first, but operational life-saving duties and our two lifeboats will continue to operate from the temporary station until the Shannon has arrived and is passed out as fully operational. This should be some time in mid-December, weather and operations allowing.

“Senior coxswain Tom Clark MBE and the crew would like to thank all those who have helped to make this new station a reality and invite you to join them for our open day and Shannon arrival on 27 November”.

The RNLI’s visitor engagement operations manager, Michael Charlton, added:

“The shop is an exciting addition to the new station and will continue to raise vital funds for the lifesaving work of our volunteer crews.

“I would like to thank all the shop volunteers for their patience during the building of the station and for their efforts in the small temporary shop.

Thanks also go to everyone in Scarborough for their continued support during the building of the station; it has really been appreciated.

“The shop forms part of a wider visitor experience at the station and I hope that visitors, both local and from further afield, will learn more about the RNLI in Scarborough”.

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