Lifeboat Day 2010
Update: Over £5,000 was raised for the RNLI on one of the windiest Lifeboat Days for many years. President of ALF (Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers) Eleanor Cassidy told The Ambler “Considering the weather on the day, we were all very pleased with the amount we were able to raise. We made £4,200 on the day and £800 came from a sponsored walk made earlier. Thanks to everyone, ALF, the public in general (who are always very supportive) and also to Hannah Bayman. She was very good, she stayed for ages talking to everyone. I don’t think she wanted to go home!”
The volunteers that organised and ran this year’s lifeboat day had a lot to contend with. Eleanor Cassidy introduced Revd. Keith Ward, who conducted a short service.
He said, “We are small when measured against the big, wide, deep, wild and angry sea. But we are grateful to the men and women who have the spirit to contend with it.”
Hannah Bayman, Look North’s weather girl, was the official opener and she was the butt of jokes about the weather because the proceedings were conducted in a howling gale, which even managed to blow over one of the stalls.
She said, “Despite the weather, the large turnout reflected the respect that the lifeboat crews were held in by the community.” She also paid tribute to the work that they do.
Eleanor then went on to present prizes to the children who had won the painting competition. There had been 176 entries. The winners were, from St. Cuthbert’s First School, Riley Stewart and Kira Martin and from Amble Links School, Lea Airs and Charlotte Patterson.
Photos: clockwise: Rescue by Graham Kirby:www.flickr.com/photos/technoblurb/
Hannah Bayman and painting competition entry by Vivienne Dalgliesh
Both Amble lifeboats by Dan Stephenson