Fun for all ages as crowds flock to seaside fetes

County Council chairman John Taylor was invited to open the Boulmer Volunteer Recue Service fete at the weekend where he is seen with pirates (and crew members) James Handyside and cox Chris Chapman along with Carl Stewart, John Woodhouse, Claire Bowron and Lucy McCaig.

County Council chairman John Taylor was invited to open the Boulmer Volunteer Recue Service fete at the weekend where he is seen with pirates (and crew members) James Handyside and cox Chris Chapman along with Carl Stewart, John Woodhouse, Claire Bowron and Lucy McCaig.

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Visitors and local people enjoyed fun for all the family despite poor weather at two seaside fetes over the weekend.

The Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service fete and the Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete both took place over the Bank Holiday break.

On Saturday 18th. August Craster Lifeboat Station held its annual harbour fete. The fete was very kindly opened by Mr. Jack Charlton OBE, and the crowds came in abundance to see him, the village never having been so busy. Jack was presented with a salmon by Jake Parker the yougest crew member, and a bouget of flowers were presented to Jacks wife Pat, by female crew member Sarah Brown. Seahouses Lifeboat was in attendance, as was Craster Auxiliary Coastguards, members of the Misfits Gold-Wing Bike Club and a flying display from the Sea-King from A Flight, RAF Boulmer.  The day raised in excess of �6500 for the RNLI and I would like to thank everyone who gave donations for prizes, baked the cakes and scones etc, and came to give their help on the stalls and displays, and also doing the teas, without all your help we could not have made the day. Could I also say thank you to all the members of the public that came and supported the event to make it a success.' 'On behalf of All at Craster Lifeboat Station, ' 'Th

On Saturday 18th. August Craster Lifeboat Station held its annual harbour fete. The fete was very kindly opened by Mr. Jack Charlton OBE, and the crowds came in abundance to see him, the village never having been so busy. Jack was presented with a salmon by Jake Parker the yougest crew member, and a bouget of flowers were presented to Jacks wife Pat, by female crew member Sarah Brown. Seahouses Lifeboat was in attendance, as was Craster Auxiliary Coastguards, members of the Misfits Gold-Wing Bike Club and a flying display from the Sea-King from A Flight, RAF Boulmer. The day raised in excess of �6500 for the RNLI and I would like to thank everyone who gave donations for prizes, baked the cakes and scones etc, and came to give their help on the stalls and displays, and also doing the teas, without all your help we could not have made the day. Could I also say thank you to all the members of the public that came and supported the event to make it a success.' 'On behalf of All at Craster Lifeboat Station, ' 'Th

At Seahouses on Monday, crowds defied the rain to enjoy attractions including a demonstration by the RAF helicopter.

Ian Clayton, lifeboat operations manager at Seahouses, said that around £6,000 had been raised for the RNLI.

One of this year’s highlights came with a display of classic and customised motorbikes by a North East motor club.

They raised around £500 by taking visitors on rides to Bamburgh on the two- and three-wheelers.

Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete

Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete

“They were incredibly well-supported. I believe one old lady had to be helped from a wheelchair onto the back of this bike,” Ian said.

The Seahouses lifeboat had proved its worth the previous day after it was called to rescue a German yacht stranded off Belford point on Sunday.

At Boulmer on Saturday, money was raised for the village’s lifeboat station, one of the only independent crews in the country.

Crew chairman Finlay Bowron said that while numbers were affected by the weather, organisers were still ‘more than happy’ with the event.

Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete

Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete

“Everything considered it was still a success,” he said.

The Amble Harbour Day was also held over the weekend in aid of the RNLI. Full report and pictures on page 43.