Gifts at double for new centre

A scale model and a painting of the Mary Joicy lifeboat being presented to the Newbiggin Maritime Centre by artists Alan Wilson (l) pictured with Tim Martin, and Ron Freeman (centre right) with Dave Futers on his right and Richard Martin in the centre.
A scale model and a painting of the Mary Joicy lifeboat being presented to the Newbiggin Maritime Centre by artists Alan Wilson (l) pictured with Tim Martin, and Ron Freeman (centre right) with Dave Futers on his right and Richard Martin in the centre.
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NEWBIGGIN Maritime Centre has been given a boost by two donations of exhibits.

The centre has taken delivery of a scale model of the centrepiece of the museum, former Newbiggin lifeboat Mary Joicey, and also a painting of the vessel at sea.

Alan Wilson, a volunteer involved in the restoration of the Mary Joicey, spent over two years creating the model, now being given pride of place at the museum.

Ron Freeman, born and bred in Newbiggin but now living in Lincolnshire, produced the painting as he wanted to give something back to his home village.

The two artworks were presented to the centre last Thursday.

Richard Martin, chairman of Newbiggin Heritage Partnership, said: “I think it’s a fantastic addition to the archive that we’ve got for Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

“It’s a project that continues to grow over and beyond our expectations, and I’m hoping we will welcome further donations.

“I’m really indebted to the two individuals who have given so much time and effort to make these artefacts.”