Richard’s lucky balloon wins RNLI race

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CAFE owner and keen lifeboat supporter Richard Preston has won the RNLI flag day balloon race after his entry was found on a beach near the Humber.

Richard Preston and his wife Jackie have run Richie’s cafe on Bridlington’s South Beach for 14-years, during which time they have watched the town’s lifeboats launch many times and have become well-known to the crews.

Richard, 41, bought 30 tickets for the balloon race that was held in the summer for Bridlington’s Lifeboat day.

Each ticket was fastened to a balloon which was then released and the balloon that travelled the greatest distance would be the winner.

Richard’s ticket was found on the beach near the Humber and he has now been confirmed as the winner.

He said: “We have always supported the lifeboat and especially on lifeboat day.

“l bought 30 tickets and asked the staff to choose one each and l was the lucky one.”

Pete Jones, the lifeboat crewman who organised the balloon race, presented Richard with his prize of a computer netbook, camcorder and software.

Steve Kinroy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Bridlington said: “This year’s flag day had been very successful and we are very grateful to everyone who supported us - there were over 600 balloons sold and it’s very pleasing that a long-standing supporter like Richard has won.”