Harbour hosting fundraiser

Jam Jar Army beneficiaries Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers held a fund-raising coffee morning on the day in the lifeboat station.
Jam Jar Army beneficiaries Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers held a fund-raising coffee morning on the day in the lifeboat station.

An action-packed fund-raiser at a Northumberland harbour is lined up for this weekend.

This year’s Amble Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) harbour day is set to take place this Sunday.

The event will be opened by Lesley Falkous and her seven-year-old son Evan.

They pair have been raising money for the town’s Shannon-class lifeboat appeal by running everything from three-mile events to full marathons.

The main RNLI display exercise is scheduled to start at 1.30pm, with a commentary being provided by one of the Amble coastguards.

Northside Surf will also have a display during the afternoon.

There will be all the usual stalls, including a home-made cake stall, an adult and junior tombola, books, bric-a-brac, water or wine, toys and a souvenir stall.

A raffle will take place too, with the first prize being a painting by local artist Jimmy Thompson.

There will also be an Newcastle United raffle in conjunction with the Marks and Spencer store at Morpeth, and a variety of signed memorabilia can be won.

Children’s games will include splat the rat and a Frozen-themed sponge throw, as well as a funfair on the Little Shore.

RNLI mascot Stormy Stan will also be popping along to the event to say hello to youngsters.

Other attractions will include a birds of prey display and there’ll be an opportunity to try out an Army cadet climbing wall. The cadets will be attempting to climb the equivalent of Cheviot during the day.

Music will be provided by the a cadet band.

Any donations of items to sell for tombola prizes or the bric-a-brac stall, though no electrical items can be accepted, are to be dropped off at the Premier Store, in Queen Street, or at the RNLI boathouse.

Lifeboat crew coxswain John Connell said: “Our charity’s harbour day promises to be an exciting event for the whole family.

“We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to join in the fun whilst helping us to raise vital funds for our ongoing Shannon-class lifeboat appeal.”