Newbiggin Christmas Lights Initiative

Lifeboats News Release

Local lifeboat supporter Mark Turnbull has decked his house in Christmas lights to raise funds for Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station.

Volunteers from Newbiggin join Santa, Mark and Mark's family

RNLI/Richard Martin

Christmas Lights Event
Hundreds of people gathered in the street to watch the lighting display turned on and after a countdown the area was lit up, the inflatable Santa's came to life and the crowds cheered.

During the night lifeboat crew gave out sweets and collected donations. Mark's wife and family also provided refreshments on the night and all money raised on the night and over the coming month will be donated to the RNLI at Newbiggin.

The work to deck out Mark's home has taken over a week to complete and judging by the many positive comments on the night it has been worth it. Last year Mark and his family raised around £750 with the Christmas lights and he hopes to exceed this amount.

Mark's interest in Newbiggin follows a rescue undertaken almost 20 years ago and over that time regular donations and fundraising has taken place.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

Hundreds gather to watch the lights

RNLI/Richard Martin

Christmas Lights Event

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