New £700k RNLI station

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The crew of Blyth RNLI are moving into their new £700,000 lifeboat station.

The building replaces the old station and provides much more up-to-date facilities for the service volunteers.

The two-storey building includes a crew training and meeting room, changing facilities, an office, workshop and space to house Blyth’s D class RNLI inshore lifeboat Alan and Amy.

The lifeboat station also incorporates the charity’s first RNLI shop in the town, with a viewing area so members of the public can see the rescue vessel.

The lifeboat station has taken around a year to build and was largely funded by a generous legacy from Daphne Sharpe, of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, who died in 2003.

Mrs Sharpe was a long-time supporter of the RNLI and specified that money left to the charity in her will should be used to support the lifeboat service on the north east coast.

John Scott, Blyth RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “We have all watched patiently as the new lifeboat station took shape and are now very excited to be moving in.

“The RNLI has been operating in Blyth for almost 150 years and this station will provide us with a home for many more years to come.

“We received a new inshore lifeboat last year and will soon be having a joint ceremony to name the lifeboat and officially open our new station, when we hope local people will join us to celebrate this new chapter of the RNLI in Blyth.”

The new lifeboat station is a steel-framed construction with masonry block external walls at ground level and European larch cladding on three sides of the first floor, designed by Northumberland architects David and Jane Darcy.