Help raise money for the RNLI this bank holiday weekend

An RNLI Shannon-class vessel in action.

An RNLI Shannon-class vessel in action.

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Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves is set to open an action-packed Amble RNLI Lifeboat Day on Sunday.

The event starts at 10am and all proceeds raised go to the station’s Shannon Lifeboat Appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a new Shannon-class lifeboat. Cleeves will hold a book signing at 11.30am at Spurreli’s and is making a donation to the campaign for each book sold.

Among the planned events is a sea rescue exercise involving the Amble RNLI lifeboats and the Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer. There will be stalls, a grand raffle with top prizes, children’s games and a fun-fair on the Little Shore.

Amble Coastal Rowing Club will launch its skiff at the Little Shore in the afternoon.

There will be an opportunity to try out paintballing and to have a photograph taken with some classic motorcycles or with the RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan. The Newcastle All Stars Steel Band will perform and there will be refreshments.

• Seahouses holds its lifeboat fete on Monday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. It will be opened by BBC presenter Jonathon Miles and there will be a raffle, tombola, games, stalls, fun-fair, live music, motorbikes and trikes and refreshments.

At 1pm, subject to call-outs, there will be a demonstration between the lifeboats and RAF rescue helicopter.