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 Newbiggin Lifeboat Station 

150th Anniversary.

Part Two

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Station Officer Eric Campbell

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The opening of the Service.

As these pictures show, it was a beautiful sunny day.  
At 2:30 p.m. the service started with the M.C.,Honorary Secretary Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, Mr. Stan Green, (see left), welcoming everyone, including the Guest of Honour, His Grace The Duke of Northumberland.The audience watch!



Two young pupils, Duncan Weldon and Joanne Shipley, (both from the local Hirst High School in Ashington), read out short pieces of work about the Lifeboat Station.  Duncan read out piece's of the Lifeboat Station from 1851 up to 2001 - see below.  Duncan reads his first story.

Joanne reads her first story out.

Joanne read out piece's about the heroic Women of Newbiggin, most times forgotten when reciting lifeboat stories - see right.  These stories were very interesting to hear, sometimes amusing as well!

The Duke of Northumberland offically opens the Service.

The Guest of Honour,  His Grace The Duke of Northumberland, came forward and thanked everyone for the invitation, and said how happy and proud to have been asked to attend, especially as there is a strong bond between them - see leftDuke of Northumberland presents a Thanks on Vellum.



The Duke presented a Thanks On Vellum -    see right, to Mr. Stan Green, on behalf of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, for their outstanding duty and heroic activities.  see below left.
 Thanks On Vellum.

Duke of Northumberland with photograph.

The Duke was presented with a framed photograph of the Newbiggin Lifeboat Station it's crew, and the Branch and Ladies Lifeboat Guild members signed by them all, see right.

The Marske Fishermen Choir sing the very popular "Newbiggin's Lifeboat Song."

The Marske Fishermen's Choir - see left - entertained us with some of their popular songs.  They also sang a song especially wrote for Newbiggin Lifeboat Station entitled "Newbiggin's Lifeboat Song" - which was written by Sheila Johnson and George Robson who are now living in Canada,  This was thoroughly  enjoyed by the audience.

Ashington Collery Band

The music throughout the service was provided by the Ashington Colliery Band, well known throughout the area for their foot-tapping music .  They kept the singers and audience supplied with plenty of flowing tunes.  See right.


The Duke poses with the crew.At the end of the Service, everyone was thanked for attending, the Marske Fishermen's Choir for their entertaining and amusing songs, and the Ashington Colliery Band for their endless supply of musical melodies throughout the Service.

The Lifeboat crew, along with Stan Green and the Duke of Northumberland, posed for budding photographers alike, with the signed photograph - see left.

After the Service.

Thanks On vellum - Stan and Tim.
The public were then had the opportunity to visit the  permanent boathouse displays and chat with friends - see right.


Stan Green and Tim Martin were caught admiring the 
Thanks On vellum
during a quick quiet moment! See above.

Newbiggin's Town Square.

Throughout the whole afternoon, the sun shone brightly, which helped the service become such a success.  Personally, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and felt privileged to have taken part.

It seemed all of Newbiggin had attended - indeed the 'Square' was deserted! See right.


Mary and Bob outside their Bed & Breakfast.


A Place to stay in Newbiggin.
For the week we were at Newbiggin, we stopped at a Bed & Breakfast owned by Bob and Mary Dodds     (Tel: 01670 816057).  A warm and friendly welcome awaits all in their wonderfully comfortable house with plenty of home cooking to taste!  Very well recommended! 

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