A long-awaited new rescue station has opened, providing a modern, well-equipped base for life-saving volunteers on the Northumberland coast.
The official opening of Howick Coastguard Rescue Station took place on Tuesday night, attended by Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond and Lord Howick.
The new station is home to an amalgamation of the Boulmer and Craster teams, renamed in thanks to Lord Howick, who provided the land.
The team’s area of responsibility stretches from the mouth of the Aln in the south to Beadnell Bay and the new base on the edge of Craster provides a central location.
Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond said: “Both teams have served Northumberland extremely well for many years, and have contributed to some lengthy, difficult and even famous rescues.
“It’s not been easy constructing a public building in a recession and I would like to thank all those involved.”
Speaking to the Gazette after the ceremony, he added: “It’s a superb facility and our thanks go to Lord Howick for allowing us to build on his estate. I’m extremely proud of the new station and I’m also extremely proud of the two teams that are going to use it.
“It will house vehicles, equipment, they will be able to do their training here and the building has all the the modern amenities that a coastguard station needs.”