High Sheriff of Northumberland visits Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The High Sheriff of Northumberland Joanna Riddell visited Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI, on the evening of the 29 September 2021.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

High Sheriff of Northumberland visits Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Cowan along with members of the volunteer RNLI crew welcomed the High Sheriff to the Lifeboat Station at Berwick-upon-Tweed, where she was given a tour.

Whilst talking with the Crew she said: 'I have a very special interest with the sea, my ancestors were Mariners, and my grandfather owned a shipyard at Mistley where he built and famously raced Thames Barges in the Thames and Medway. I had an aunt also who collected for the RNLI nearly all her life.

'You are all wonderful volunteers. Northumberland has a huge coastline and it is vitally important to keep people safe, especially now as so many people are holidaying in the UK, so the pressure is on the RNLI and Emergency Services, to educate the public and save life. May you always return home safely after saving lives at sea.'

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Cowan said: 'We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with her, she is so interested and supportive of the role of RNLI.'

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