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Harbour Day success

Members of Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey
Members of Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

Wet weather failed to dampen the spirits at Amble RNLI’s Harbour Day on Sunday, as crowds turned out for the annual fund-raiser.

The event featured a range of entertainment, including music from the Northumbria Army Cadet Force Cassino Band and a variety of stalls.

Rev John Maddock-Lyon. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

Rev John Maddock-Lyon. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The volunteers from the town’s RNLI did two exercises, while retired vicar Rev John Maddock-Lyon led a service dedicated to the RNLI.

It was the last Harbour Day for the current all-weather Mersey-class lifeboat, The Four Boys, which is being replaced later this year by the new Shannon-class vessel.

The Shannon is due to be arriving at the town’s RNLI station at 1pm on Wednesday, October 12, weather permitting. She will be operational a short time after, following crew training, and will be named Elizabeth and Leonard.

Sunday’s Harbour Day raised more than £7,000 for the town’s RNLI.

Amble RNLI. Picture by Bartle Rippon

Amble RNLI. Picture by Bartle Rippon

Katrina Cassidy, chairman of Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers, said: “We had a bit of a delayed start due to the weather, but it didn’t dampen people’s spirits and they still turned out for the event. The afternoon kicked in and it went really well.

“To raise more than £7,000 for the cause is very good, considering the weather.”

The Northumbria Army Cadet Cassino Band. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The Northumbria Army Cadet Cassino Band. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

Plenty of children turned out for the event. Picture by Bartle Rippon.

Plenty of children turned out for the event. Picture by Bartle Rippon.

The harbour was busy for the event. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The harbour was busy for the event. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The exercise involving Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The exercise involving Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The demonstration involving Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey

The demonstration involving Amble RNLI. Picture by Andrew Mounsey