A new experience for visitors to Blyth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

This week saw the lifeboat station complete the visitor engagement project which aims to promote the RNLI's community safety message.

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Blyth RNLI boat hall after project installation
The installation comes after several months of work to enhance the experience that visitors receive when arriving at the RNLI lifeboat station in Blyth.

Visitors, which in the past have included schools, community groups and companies are now able to see the history associated with Blyth RNLI and also learn about the charity's lifesaving strategy.

The position of the charity's lifeboat station in Blyth has also meant that in recent years thousands of visitors have passed by with the Tall Ship event on the Quayside together with local events organised by Blyth Town Council and the Blyth Tall Ship project.

Lesley Robson, RNLI Visitor Experience Manager (North East) said; 'We are delighted to complete this visitor engagement project at Blyth Lifeboat Station to support the tremendous work the volunteers do in promoting the RNLI’s lifesaving strategy through an extensive programme of education and community events that run throughout the year. Blyth RNLI welcomes thousand of visitors annually and delivers key water safety messages to young people from all over the region, teaching them how to keep themselves safe around water and helping to save lives now and in the future. This new visitor installation aims to engage the public through promoting RNLI community safety as well as celebrate the legacy of the station’s heritage going back over 200 years. It is truly a remarkable lifeboat community of amazing dedicated volunteers, so do get in touch with the Visits Team if you wish to book a visit or see the website for upcoming events.

Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Blyth RNLI commented; 'It's an exciting time for everyone connection with Blyth RNLI. We have recently announced that we will have an Atlantic 85 arriving next year and now this project has been completed. We are very proud of the heritage associated with the lifeboat station and can show the community the work that the volunteer crew carry out whilst also delivering charity's vital key water safety messages. The volunteer team here at Blyth RNLI are looking forward to showing visitors the results of the project.'

Should you wish to arrange a visit to the lifeboat station then please email visits@blythlifeboat.co.uk

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 orrobin_palmer@rnli.org.uk or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641Clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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RNLI education safety message on display

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Saving lives in Blyth since 1808 history board

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