An action-packed harbour day takes place in Amble later this month, with all proceeds going towards a £200,000 appeal for a new state-of-the art lifeboat.
The town’s RNLI is currently collecting funds for the Shannon Class vessel and the fund-raising mission is the current beneficiary of the Gazette’s Jam Jar Army campaign.
The Sunday, August 30, event starts at 10am. It will be opened by Lesley Falkous and son Evan, seven. The pair have been raising money for the cause by taking on a series of runs.
The main RNLI display exercise is set to start at 1.30pm (tbc) with a commentary provided by an Amble Coastguard. Northside Surf will have a display during the afternoon.
There will be stalls including homemade cakes, tombola, books, bric-a-brac, toys and souvenirs. A grand raffle will take place with the first prize of a painting by local artist Jimmy Thompson. There will also be a Newcastle United raffle, in conjunction with Marks and Spencer at Morpeth, to win signed memorabilia.
There will be children’s games, as well as a fun-fair on the Little Shore. RNLI mascot Stormy Stan will be at the event. A children’s fancy-dress competition (U8, U12 and U16)will be judged at 3pm. Adults are also invited to dress-up.
Other attractions will include a birds of prey display and a chance to try the Army Cadet climbing wall. The Cadets will be attempting to climb the equivalent of Cheviot during the day. Music will be provided by the Northumbria Army Cadet Cassino Band.
Donations of items to sell such as books, tombola prizes and bric-a-brac (no electrical items) can be dropped off at Premier Store, Queen Street, or, from August 26, at the RNLI Boathouse. Home-baked goods can be left at the lifeboat station on August 29 throughout the day.