Marking the rescue and those who died

A day of events takes place on Saturday to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Grace Darling’s heroic rescue.

On September 7, 1838, 22-year-old Grace and her father William set off from Longstone Lighthouse on the Farnes to rescue the survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire, which hit Big Harcar Rock.

Visitors to Seahouses lifeboat station on Saturday can enjoy a day of activities from 10am to 4.30pm.

The arduous journey of seven fishermen who also set off on a rescue bid will be recreated in the William Riley, a restored 100-year-old wooden-keeled former lifeboat. It will set off from the harbour at 11.30am and return at 3.30pm.

Visitors will be able to watch a search-and-rescue exercise involving members of the Seahouses RNLI lifeboat station at 1.30pm.

At 2.30pm, the Seahouses lifeboat crew will lay a commemorative wreath out at sea near the Farnes.