Opening is a big day for lifeboat station

The new Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Station and lifeboat, Alan and Amy. Pic by RNLI/Blyth.
The new Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Station and lifeboat, Alan and Amy. Pic by RNLI/Blyth.

Volunteers and supporters at an RNLI station are preparing for the official opening of their new station next weekend.

Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution will name their D class inshore lifeboat Alan and Amy at a special event on Saturday, October 12.

The new building, which became operational in June, will be formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony, while the lifeboat will be ‘christened’ by the lady who funded her, Dr Patricia Kind.

John Scott, Blyth RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “This will be a very big day for everyone involved with the RNLI in Blyth and we are very much looking forward to welcoming many supporters and guests to our lifeboat station.

“We are especially pleased that we will be able to thank Dr Kind personally for her wonderful gift, and to publicly acknowledge the generosity of Mrs Daphne Sharpe, whose legacy helped fund our new lifeboat station.

“Our charity depends on donations and Saturday will be an opportunity for us to celebrate the continued support we receive, as well as to pay tribute to those who help us by donating not just their money but also their time and expertise to saving lives at sea.”

The new lifeboat station replaced Blyth’s old RNLI base and includes a crew training and meeting room; changing facilities; an office; workshop and space to house the lifeboat.

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

The £700,000 building was largely funded by a generous legacy from Mrs Sharpe, who died in 2003, and the D class lifeboat was funded by Dr Kind and is named Alan and Amy in memory of her parents.