Lifeboat event raises thousands

Newbiggin's Lifeboat Day helped raised over �4,000 for the station.
Newbiggin's Lifeboat Day helped raised over �4,000 for the station.

Thousands of pounds has been raised to help save lives at sea.

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station held its annual Lifeboat Day, with activities taking place on land and at sea.

And volunteers are celebrating after raising more than £4,000 from the event.

The afternoon featured a variety of stalls, enjoying brisk trade from hundreds of supporters who had come along for the major event in Newbiggin’s summer calendar.

Stalls including souvenirs, a tombola, homemade cards, nearly new, bric-a-brac, a raffle and homemade cakes enjoyed a roaring trade, with stock cleared out.

Elsewhere, in the main arena there was live music by Percy and the Piglets, along with a performance by the local band Steel by the Sea.

The ladies’ fundraising team also satisfied the visitors’ appetite for homemade cakes and refreshments within the boathouse.

Meanwhile, at sea Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, along with Blyth lifeboat, kept the visitors entertained with rescue demonstrations in the Newbiggin Bay area.

And the afternoon concluded with various raffles and competition results being announced. A full list of winning tickets and prizes is on display outside the lifeboat station.

Anne Main, chairman of the Newbiggin Ladies’ Lifeboat Fundraising Team, said: “On behalf of the volunteers at Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, can I send out a big thank you to everyone who has made this local fundraising event such a huge success.

“It is greatly appreciated by us all.”