Many people in north Northumberland will miss seeing the iconic yellow Sea King helicopters in the skies once the service ends at the end of this month, but one former Amble resident will always have a permanent reminder.
Paul Neaven, who now lives in Peterborough, has a Sea King helicopter with a banner reading 202 Squadron tattooed on his back in front of the Tyne Bridge. To this day, he comes up most years to either Amble or North Shields lifeboat days.
His earliest memory of the Sea King is as a five-year-old boy in Amble in 1984. He lived in Links Avenue and when the helicopter landed in the caravan park with Father Christmas on board, he was afraid of the noise and went and hid in the coal shed.
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