A nautical charity that provided invaluable support both afloat and ashore at the recent Blyth Tall Ship’s Regatta has been praised by the town’s Harbour Master.
Members of the Northumbria and Humber Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) units joined together to provide support to the event’s organisers.
On the river and out at sea, the unit employed its 21ft long patrol boat Tyne Spirit effectively in a variety of roles, including marshalling exclusion zones, general patrolling and ferrying VIPs and key operational personnel to hard-to-reach areas of the river.
Port of Blyth Harbour Master, Captain Martin Willis wrote to Northumbria’s head of unit, Volunteer Officer Angela Carrington to thank her and her team for their help. In the letter, he stated:
‘You should be very proud of you and your teams efforts in what has been the largest public event ever staged in Northumberland and I personally thank you for your support and assistance throughout the whole planning stages and during the event.’
VO Carrington said: “We all worked well as a team and I’m delighted with the way our planning enabled us to do exactly what we were requested to do.
“We all put in very long days but it really was worth it. We came across as professional and dedicated to the task in hand.”
MVS Northumbria’s next event is its own MVS Remembrance Day Parade of Sail for small boat users on the Tyne, which takes place from 10.30am on Sunday, November 13.
The parade and wreath laying on the river attracts large crowds of onlookers at Newcastle Quayside Sunday Market and allows the boating community on the Tyne to pay its respects.
The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 25 active units around the coasts and estuaries of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical seamanship and engineering skills.
These skills are put to good use in the community at events such as Tall Ships and at times when called upon by the appropriate authorities.