Crowds took advantage of a rare spell of sunshine to enjoy Amble’s annual Harbour Day on Sunday.
Organisers celebrated an ‘excellent’ turnout as visitors and local people enjoyed a range of activities and displays in and around the town’s harbour and quayside.
The centrepiece of the day was a display by Amble’s lifeboat and the Sea King helicopter based at Boulmer, but there were also a range of competitions, stalls and musical performances.
At least £6,000 was raised for the RNLI, well up on last year’s total.
Eleanor Cassidy, vice-chair of Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers, said the quayside was ‘jam-packed’ all day.
“It was an extremely good day – the weather of course helped,” she said.
“A lot of people were commenting how much they enjoyed it, which was nice.”
Visitors were treated to an unexpected bonus display after the lifeboat was called out for real – to rescue a yacht which ran aground on a sand bank at the river mouth at around 2pm.
“We’d actually watched them go out in the yacht, and of course they tried to come back in when the tide was on the turn,” said Eleanor.
“People were clapping as he passed.”