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Newbiggin Model Lifeboat Restored

Lifeboats News Release

A donated display model lifeboat has been lovingly restored thanks to distant supporter.

The restored model is presented to the station volunteers

RNLI/Richard Martin / Mark Pearson/Paul Armstrong

Presentation of restored model
All at the station are so grateful to Alan Wilson who travelled from his home in Richmond a while ago to collect a model of Newbiggin's old lifeboat 'Mary Joicey'.

The model was donated to us some time ago and had some damage we were unable to fix.

Alan, pictured holding the model, took it home and yesterday after weeks of painstakingly intricate work returned it to the station. All agreed that it looks amazing and once again holds pride of place in the station.

John Bryan Newbiggin Lifeboat Operations Manager thanked Alan for his time and effort on this project acknowledging that this will enhance the model display.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_mart[email protected] 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 website.

Alan Wilson (left) with long serving volunteer Tim Martin who was second mechanic on Mary Joicey

RNLI/Richard Martin / Mark Pearson

Model presentation
Close up of the restored model

RNLI/Richard Martin / Mark Pearson

Model lifeboat
Close up of the restored model

RNLI/Richard Martin / Mark Pearson

Model lifeboat

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