Fund-raisers have marked the 175th anniversary of a famous Northumberland heroine by completing a six-mile swim from her former home at Longstone Lighthouse.
Grace Darling won fame when she and her father risked their lives to rescue nine people shipwrecked off the Farne Islands on September 7, 1838.
The charity swimmers, who are raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) at both Seahouses and Tynemouth, were taken to the lighthouse in William Shiel’s boat. He stayed close by them as they completed the five-mile swim, ending their journey at Seahouses harbour around three-and-a-quarter hours later.
Following their succesful completion of the swim on Sunday, September 1, it is believed they are the first to complete a swim from the islands to the mainland.
The men, including organiser Scott Bisset, Tony Greener, Iain Ross and Jim Bridges, from North Tyneside and Gary Clough and Graham Walton from Consett, County Durham, are all part of the Tynemouth Outdoor Swimmers club.
Scott, who is an RNLI volunteer, said: “Luckily with the tides we were able to do it almost on the day of the Grace Darling rescue anniversary itself, so it all tied in quite nicely.”
The money raised will be split between the RNLI Lifeboat stations at Seahouses and Tynemouth.
l For photos and more from the events to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Grace Darling’s rescue at the weekend, turn to Page 38.