THIS was the moment Sir Alan Beith MP christened a new boat for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) with a bottle of Champagne at Amble Marina.
Christened Tirrick – meaning tern in old Shetland dialect – the vessel will be used by RSPB staff to get to and from Coquet Island so they can carry out conservation work at the seabird sanctuary. During the breeding season, wardens spend a week at a time on the tiny island and the boat is their lifeline to the outside world.
Sir Alan took a trip to Coquet Island on the boat to experience the sights and sounds of the thousands of sea birds, which include puffins, kittiwakes and England’s largest breeding colony of roseate terns. Once at the island, Sir Alan toasted Tirrick with RSPB staff.