Exhibition on Newbiggin’s local heroes is extended

The Pride of Newbiggin by the Sea exhibition looking at the heroics of 12 Lifeboat coxswains is proving a success.
The Pride of Newbiggin by the Sea exhibition looking at the heroics of 12 Lifeboat coxswains is proving a success.

An exhibition looking at the heroics of local lifeboat crews is drawing in the crowds.

Pride Of Newbiggin By The Sea tells the story of the 12 lifeboat coxswains in the village and their amazing tales of courage in the face of adversity.

It also tells of the women of Newbiggin, the only women in the UK who have been commended twice by the RNLI – in 1927 and 1940 – for their commitment to launching the lifeboat.

The exhibition is currently on show in Newbiggin Community Activity Centre, the former St Mark’s Presbyterian Church, and due to the success of its initial five-week run, it has been extended to Saturday, May 20.

Mary Dodds, who with husband Bob has restored one of Newbiggin’s historic buildings, said: “Pride of Newbiggin tells a wonderful story of the brave folk of Newbiggin’s past and it’s been great to see how people have been enthralled when they’ve come around.

“One of Newbiggin’s great heroes, former 12th Coxswain George Dawson has attended regularly, demonstrating great skills in making lobster pots, and visitors have been fascinated to meet him. The building is coming alive again.”

Hilton Dawson, chairman of the Newbiggin Genealogy Project, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Mary and Bob. This is a beautiful setting for a magnificent exhibition.

“It’s typical of Mary and Bob’s warm generosity that they have extended the time for the exhibition and we’ll definitely be coming back in the future.”

Pride Of Newbiggin By The Sea is on show at the Newbiggin Community Activity Centre from Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 4pm, until May 20.