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Robin Hood's Bay Folk Weekend Withdraws RNLI Support

Robin Hood's Bay Folk Weekend

5:38pm 13th June 2018

Robin Hood's Bay's Folk Weekend is withdrawing its support for the RNLI.

The event has been raising money for the organisation for at least 25 years.

We told you earlier this week that crew members Joe Winspear and Ben Laws lost their dismissal appeal.

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Jim Foster, an organiser of the event, said:

"We've had a lot of feedback from the musicians and the singers who took part in this event.

They're all very, very disappointed at the way RNLI management have dealt with the two crew men at Whitby lifeboat who have been sacked as a result of the mugs incident.

We feel the punishment is way out of proportion to the crime and we think that the management's action has been draconian.

We don't think the volunteers have been treated very fairly, we think a rap on the knuckles should have been enough, if that."

The Robin Hood's Bay Folk Club are now looking to support another charity next year.

The Folk Weekend has been running for over 30 years and their event for this year took place last weekend (8th, 9th and 10th June).

33 buckets of the Cafe Dashers and Dancers raised £1445.15 for the RNLI - that is £245 up on last year's figure, and that was a record.

A new addition this year was a song competition on the theme of the village's oldest resident - the Lifeboat charity's cast iron FISH collecting box which has stood on the Slipway at Bay since 1897.

The songwriters focussed on the FISH's legendary ability to grant a wish and flick its iron tail when a coin is placed in its mouth, but they also have created an inventive mix of imaginary lives and activities for this historic land-based sea creature.

The joint winners were Graham Wilkinson of Beverley and John Drakes from Egton Bridge with their songs 'Feed The Fish' and 'My Heart belongs to the Sea'

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