Art exhibition aims to raise funds in memory of former Harwich RNLI crew member

Lifeboats News Release

The brother of a former Coxswain at Harwich RNLI station has opened an exhibition of marine art entitled 'A Sea Symphony' at the Munnings Museum in Dedham this week.

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Dr Bill Teatheredge - Brother of John Teatheredge

John Teatheredge, was second Coxswain at the Harwich lifeboat station and he devoted his life to saving others at sea. He joined the crew at the age of 20 and remained with the charity for 43 years, and sadly passed away on the 26 December 2020.

Now his Brother Dr Bill Teatheredge has opened an exhibition of his own marine works of art to raise funds for the volunteer crew at the Harwich RNLI station.

'Since his passing [John] I’ve worked on these paintings, some I had already started' said Bill, 'they are all local scenes that people will recognise, there are 21 in total. We have been very lucky as the Munnings Museum have let us use this space, for the exhibition, for free, so all the money from the sale of the art will go directly to Harwich Lifeboat station.'

The exhibition is open to the public until the 23 July from 10:30am until 4:30pm (apart from the 17 and 18 July). Its free to visit but all donations to the charity are welcome, plus the paintings which are on display are available to purchase with all proceeds going to help fund the volunteer crew at Harwich lifeboat station.

Notes to editors

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Harwich RNLI is based on The Quay, Harwich. The lifeboat station was founded in 1829 and the volunteer crew use an all-weather Severn class lifeboat The Duke of Kent and B class lifeboat Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid.

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The late John Teatheredge

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Dr Bill Teatheredge's painting of the Harwich Severn Class lifeboat

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