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Bridlington's 'Great Gale' Heroes To Be Remembered

Bridlington's 'Great Gale' Heroes To Be Remembered

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 9th February 2020.

Bridlington RNLI's commemorating the 'Great Gale' disaster today.

Tomorrow is the 149th anniversary of the tragedy.

A storm hit Bridlington bay and destroyed 23 coal ships and merchant ships.

It killed many sailors with people saying the true number of deaths is unknown. 

Andy Brompton, who's from Bridlington RNLI, said:

"In those days, there were two lifeboats and they were out continuously rowing to try and save people.

They did save quite a lot of people but sadly the Harbinger lifeboat was attempting to rescue somebody from the 'Delta at Whitby', when it capsized and six of the crew was lost.

There were hundreds of people who came from Bridlington to watch what was happening and basically, they helped where they could, and the lifeboat's did the same.

They went out time and time again and there were members of the crew who had to be lifted out with torn and bleeding hands; and we've always remembered what they sacrificed."

A Remembrance service is being held from 10.30am until midday today (Sunday 9th February) at Bridlington Priory, led by Rector Matthew Pollard. 

The public can attend and there will be the laying of a wreath and a minute's silence after the service. 

Andy added:

"The warm welcome we always receive at the Priory means a great deal to the station and crew. 

Next year it will be 150 years since the tragedy and the station management group are already thinking how best to honour those lost."

Bridlington RNLI Great Gale memorial
Credit: Nathan Williams/RNLI

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