Rain fails to dampen spirits at Lifeboat Day

Newbiggin Lifeboat Day
Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

A successful event has helped raise nearly £2,000 for a lifeboat station to continue saving lives at sea.

Newbiggin RNLI Lifeboat held their annual Lifeboat Day to mark the end of a successful Lifeboat Week.

And the wet weather failed to dampen spirits as hundreds of people turned up at the lifeboat station, raising £1,857 in the process.

There was a reduction of stalls and sideshows with the event being moved into the boathouse, but visitors were still able to watch various rescue displays.

Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 ‘Richard Wake Burdon’ put to sea for its first lifeboat day launching for a series of rescue demonstrations which culminated with a visit by the RAF Boulmer Sea King helicopter who carried out several exercises with the lifeboat.

Barbara Martin, president of Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Guild fundraising team, said: “Can I extend a thank you to all those people who came along to the event and supported our fundraising venture.

“Thank you also to all of the volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat who always go the extra mile giving so much of their time and commitment to make these vital fundraising ventures such a success.

“Thank you also for the many donations from local businesses and individuals who generously give to our local lifeboat service.”

Newbiggin Lifeboat Week had begun on the previous Sunday when the ‘Open Air Service’ took place in the boathouse.

Hundreds gathered for this annual celebration and to witness the blessing of the lifeboat and local boats by the Lifeboat Chaplain Reverend Peter Sinclair. During the remaining summer months further fundraising is planned at Newbiggin lifeboat – on Sunday, August 25, and Sunday, September 1, to coincide with the annual Newbiggin Bay triathlon challenge.