Events planned to celebrate heroine’s 200th birthday

Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh
Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh

A famous heroine from north Northumberland is to be celebrated again later this month on the date of her 200th birthday.

In time for the 200th anniversary of Grace Darling’s birth on November 24, the RNLI Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh is encouraging visitors to make birthday cards next Saturday and Sunday.

They will then be displayed on the big day, when visitors to the museum will also be able to share Grace’s birthday cake.

The following weekend, November 28 and 29, there will be a special Christmas shopping event to give people the chance to buy RNLI cards and gifts before the museum and shop close for December and January.

Museum manager, Virginia Mayes-Wright, said: “We are usually open throughout the winter, but the need to carry out essential maintenance means we will unfortunately have to close our doors for two months.

“Because of the imminent closure and the fact we had a major event for the 175th anniversary of the heroic rescue just two years ago, we felt we should keep the celebrations for Grace’s 200th birthday fairly quiet and understated – just like Grace herself.

“However, we do hope people will join us to help mark her birthday, as well as visiting for the Christmas shopping weekend a few days later.

“That will be the last chance to visit the RNLI Grace Darling Museum before February 9, when we will reopen to the public.”

For those people who want to buy RNLI Christmas cards and gifts in December, the nearby Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station shop will be extending its winter opening hours.