TERRINGTON farmer and Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill has saved one of Britain’s last surviving seaside pleasure boats by stepping in and buying it.

Mr Goodwill, a vintage vehicle enthusiast, said he was “delighted” to be taking over the ownership of The Coronia, which played a key part in the evacuation of nearly 1,000 troops at Dunkirk during the Second World War.

Built in 1935, the boat, which has a capacity for 180 passengers, has carried holidaymakers from Scarborough Harbour on sea trips for decades.

Mr Goodwill said: “The Coronia has been part of Scarborough’s holiday scene for many years and is a valuable part of the resort’s heritage.”

Previous owner Tom Machin is to continue operating the boat for Mr Goodwill.

He said: “I am really pleased it has gone to Robert who shares my affection for the Coronia. I have also had support from Sir Jimmy Savile who knows it well because of his links with Scarborough. Everyone is delighted it is going to stay in here.”