The Slater Trophy Boxing Day Tug o'War

Each Boxing Day, hundreds of people come down to Hoylake Promenade to watch the Hoylake Lifeboat crew and members of Hoylake Sailing Club battle it out in a Tug o'War for the coveted Slater Trophy: a small teapot that bears the name of the winning side for each year since the competition began.


In 1972, Arthur Slater (Hoylake Sailing Club) and Danny Triggs (then Coxswain of the Hoylake Lifeboat) instigated the Boxing Day Tug o'War as a light-hearted bit of fun between the two local organisations. A grubby white handkerchief, a rope from Arthur's lorry and a piece of wood set the scene for what is now a firm festive fixture in Hoylake.


The Slater Trophy itself started life as a teapot in the boardroom of Cammell Laird shipbuilders at the time when the Polaris programme's Resolution-class submarines were being built in Birkenhead. The teapot was thrown out, dented and dull, into a McDermott's sprout box, which made its way back to Hoylake along with the other empty boxes. After the inaugural tournament in 1972, the teapot was found, polished and engraved by Teddy Gaskin and was presented to the winning team. So began over 40 years of friendly competition between the lifeboat station and the sailing club, which in the past has also included football matches and rowing races.

The Tug o'War will take place this year, as every year, at midday on Boxing Day on Hoylake beach.