Out with the old as Scarborough paves way for new lifeboat station

BULLDOZERS MARKED the dawn of a new era for Scarborough’s life-saving volunteers.

The old Lifeboat House in Scarborough is demolished. Pictures by Richard Ponter

Demolition of the RNLI’s former lifeboat station has begun as the crew prepares to welcome its new £2m Shannon-class lifeboat.

Members are operating from a temporary base while a new, bigger station is built to accommodate the state-of-the-art vessel, which will replace the all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson, which is nearing the end of its life.

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There has been no shortage of milestones for Scarborough RNLI after it received news of its new addition, which will be sent out on rescue call-outs from next year.

The old Lifeboat House in Scarborough is demolished. Pictures by Richard Ponter

The Yorkshire Post’s Christmas appeal secured the final push of funding needed for the specialist launch equipment, called a Supacat, through its charity auction.

Readers raised £17,000 and the grand total of £200,000 was reached in February.

“Our volunteer crew is looking forward to starting their next chapter of lifesaving,” said John Senior, operations manager.

The old Lifeboat House in Scarborough is demolished. Pictures by Richard Ponter