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In Memory of Steve: A Celebration of Our Emergency Services

16 May 2023 2 minute read

The Blue Light Weekend is a two-day event that celebrates the work of our emergency services. It was created by Steve Medcalf, who was passionate about Withernsea and always promoted events in the area. When he became the Withernsea Lifeboat Operations Manager in early 2022, he approached his friend Dave Peno, who ran a small events organization business, to bring back water activities and organise the Withernsea one mile swim after an absence of 20 years. This was a great success, and Steve's first reaction was to bring back the raft race in 2023.

Dave suggested that they look at the Armed Forces Day in Grimsby and try to do something for the emergency services. Steve pondered for only a few minutes and said, "I know, we'll call it the 'Blue Light Weekend'." Within minutes, with his contacts and passion, it was all over Withernsea that this was going to happen, and they even picked the date. Now, they just had to make it work.

The Blue Light Weekend is a great way to show our appreciation for the work of our emergency services. They put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, and they deserve our respect and gratitude. The Blue Light Weekend is a small way to say thank you for all that they do.

Steve Medcalf passed away in December 2022, but his legacy lives on through the Blue Light Weekend. He was a passionate advocate for our emergency services, and he would be proud of what this event has become. The Blue Light Weekend is a celebration of the work of our emergency services, and it is a fitting tribute to Steve Medcalf.

If you are interested in learning more about the Blue Light Weekend, or if you would like to volunteer, please visit the website at

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