Thousands turn out to support Blyth RNLI Open Day
On Saturday 5 August despite the weather trying its best to put people off coming out to see all the attractions and the volunteer crew on the lifeboats, there was a fantastic turnout to support the local lifeboat station during the charity's Open Day.
There was plenty for everyone to see and this year saw the event take place between Ridley Park and the Lifeboat Station itself on Quay Road in Blyth.
The Friends of Ridley Park had been very accommodating and this meant that stalls were positioned around the Park and with Beach Hut Radio, NAMCO Ten Pin Bowling and the Northumbria Army Cadet Force Cassino Band all providing entertainment in the Park.
This then led visitors to other attractions situated on East Park View including colleagues from other Emergency Services and fun fair rides and the Army with their MLRS(Multiple Launch Rocket System) on display.
Ferguson's of Blyth kindly allowed their vintage vehicles to be on display outside the lifeboat station.
Volunteer RNLI crew were on the River Blyth to display the capabilities of the two inshore lifeboats that are based at the station and were joined by visiting RNLI lifeboats from Cullercoats and Tynemouth.
The Mayor of Blyth visited the event which was supported by both Blyth Town Council and Northumberland County Council.
In the afternoon the ultimate winner of the water safety poster competition was announced and the entry was submitted by 10 year old, Rihanna Langan from Horton Grange Primary School. She was treated to a VIP day at the event and even got to join the crew on the B Class inshore lifeboat, that was on display on dry land, for a photo.
Adam Dixon, Volunteer Helmsman and Event Manager for the Open Day said: 'It was great to see so many people come and support us.The RNLI is a charity and the fundraising at events like this enable us to continue to save lives at sea. I'm delighted to say that we raised just over £4000 on the day, a fantastic achievement.'
He went on to say: 'I'd like to thank everyone that has helped and supported us to enable the event to take place, from the local residents to businesses to all the attractions and stall holders that turned up on the day and not forgetting the volunteers that are involved with Blyth RNLI who make this event happen.'
RNLI Media contacts
Robin Palmer - Volunteer Crew Member and Lifeboat Press Officer
Mobile: 07801 290638
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.