Amble RNLI’s new Shannon-class lifeboat was officially named this afternoon.
Hundreds of people packed onto the town’s Radcliffe Quay for the ceremony, which started at 4pm.
The new vessel is named Elizabeth and Leonard, in memory of the couple who helped fund her.
Mrs Elizabeth Foley Brumfield, from Hull, left a generous legacy to the RNLI and requested that it be used towards the purchase of an all-weather lifeboat in memory of her and her late husband, Leonard. Elizabeth was a lifelong supporter of the RNLI and her father was a marine engineer.
At today’s ceremony, Dianne Loveridge, donor representative, handed over the Shannon to the RNLI and officially named the vessel by pouring Champagne over the bow. Rev Gillian Harwood conducted a service of dedication.
Following the ceremony, crew members demonstrated the Shannon’s capabilities in the harbour, with a short display.
The state-of-the-art £2million Shannon was welcomed to the town in November. As well as the legacy payment, she was part-funded thanks to a successful £200,000 fund-raising campaign. As part of the money-making efforts, the Shannon was the beneficiary of the Northumberland Gazette’s Jam Jar Army campaign in 2015.
Lifeboat operations manager John Wingfield said: “It gives me great pride to accept this lifeboat. The crew have peace of mind because this lifeboat will keep them safe as they save lives.
“We thank everyone who has supported the new lifeboat, because their generosity has given Amble a life-saver.”