Pupils at a Blyth school rose to the challenge of naming a new boat.
Having recently purchased the pilot boat to service its increasing trade, Port of Blyth turned to a local primary school when it needed inspiration in deciding a name for the vessel.
Morpeth Road Primary, which is located adjacent to the port’s Bates Terminal, set pupils the task of suggesting names which would be appropriate for the front line port asset for years to come.
And out of nearly 100 entries, management were unanimous in the choice of Blyth Spirit suggested by six-year-old Shay Vinnerd.
As a thank you, Shay, together with four runners-up, parents and teachers, were given a river trip on the new vessel following a short naming ceremony in the port’s South Harbour.
Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “We were delighted to involve the school in naming the new vessel, and even more delighted at the winning suggestion of Blyth Spirit, which reflects the attitude of the port and town as we continue to deliver new growth and development around the Blyth estuary.”