Ceremony set to name town’s inshore lifeboat

Newbiggin RNLI Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat, Richard Wake Burdon, in action. Photo by RNLI/Richard Martin
Newbiggin RNLI Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat, Richard Wake Burdon, in action. Photo by RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin’s new RNLI lifeboat will be officially named next week at a special ceremony.

The Atlantic 85 B class inshore lifeboat was funded by the generous legacy of Wallsend man Hylton Burdon and is named Richard Wake Burdon in honour of his elder brother, who was lost at sea while serving with the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

Newbiggin RNLI operations manager Pauline Cooksey said everyone working with the charity in the area is looking forward to the event.

“Mr Burdon left an extremely generous legacy to the RNLI in memory of his brother Richard, which as well as funding our wonderful new lifeboat also provided Cullercoats’ Atlantic 85, called Hylton Burdon, in 2007.

“Richard Wake Burdon has already been used on rescues and proved to be a valuable lifesaving asset for our volunteer crew.”

Mr Burdon died in 2002 and specified in his will that two Atlantic lifeboats be purchased for use on the north east coast.

He had a strong connection with the area having served as an engineering apprenticeship at Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company.

He then worked as a merchant seaman on oil tankers around the world.

His brother William Burdon said the RNLI was close to Hylton’s heart because of the time he spent at sea.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 27, and will be led by the Reverend Peter Sinclair, Vicar of Woodhorn and Newbiggin.