Family fun day draws the crowds

RNLI Blyth's family fun day.
RNLI Blyth's family fun day.

A family fun day at a county RNLI station attracted more than 600 visitors at the weekend.

RNLI Blyth’s quayside family fun day held on Saturday, saw visitors flock to the town’s lifeboat station where they were able to show their support for the local volunteer lifeboat crew.

Visitors could take a boat trip on the River Tyne thanks to a vessel provided and crewed by North Sea Logistics.

Cullercoats lifeboat and Blyth Coastguard team were also in attendance at the event which saw just over £2,300 raised to help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.

James Porritt, area manager for Aldi supermarkets, who are soon to be opening their newly refurbished store in Blyth, also popped in to deliver some Aldi bags for life full of goodies which the Blyth RNLI ladies guild were able to put to good use as both raffle prizes and refreshments for visitors.

Volunteer crew member, Lee Pegg, said: “The lifeboat station here in Blyth is set to expand with the trial of a second inshore lifeboat due to commence later in the year, because of this we have recently taken on a lot of new volunteer crew members and it was good to see both the old and new crew getting involved in the event.”