Whilst most folks spend Boxing Day clearing their heads and getting some fresh air, the fine people of Scarborough have a different agenda. One that involves copious amounts of alcohol, sports and friendly violence. All for a good cause of course.
The Fishermen and Firemen fund was originally started to raise money for the bereft families of the crew of the ‘Evelyn and Maud’ which was lost with all hands on the 18th November 1893. Nowadays the fund is used to help the elderly and infirm during the winter months.
A mile of pennies is laid down around the seafront by the spectators whilst a football match between the fishermen and firemen is played on the beach. Afterwards, there’s a raft race around the harbour.
The Comic Band leads the footballers through town and down to the beach.
Earlier in the morning, the lads had been going around houses delivering presents to the needy. Sharing a tipple at each stop. One chap was overheard saying he’d had about eight pints and god knows how much rum. This goes some way to explaining the coming events.
The legendary cricket umpire, Dickie Bird!
If you score a goal you have to get in the sea.
Dickie announces the winner.
On to the raft race. There were several teams taking part, all with homemade rafts.
Each raft was armed with boxes of eggs and bags of flour.
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