Hundreds mark Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station 150th Anniversary at historic service

OVER two hundred people came together last night to join the volunteer crew members, Coxswain and Committee of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station in marking the 150th anniversary of the RNLI establishing a station at Tynemouth in 1862, at a special service held at Christ Church, North Shields.
 
The service, held by Rev. David Kirkwood and the Lifeboat Chaplain, Rev. Timothy Duff, was also attended by Mr Nigel Sherlock OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, Commodore David Squire CBE from the Council of the RNLI, Andy Clift, RNLI Divisional Inspector, representatives of other emergency and search and rescue services and civic dignitaries.
 
During the service Mr David Stenhouse, Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, read a history of the station, which was followed by the Lord-Lieutenant presenting Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals to twenty volunteer lifeboat crew members.
 
A Vellum to mark the 150th Anniversary was then presented to Tony Hogg, Chairman of the Tynemouth RNLI branch by the Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of the RNLI Trustees, after which Commodore Squire read out the Vellum to the congregation.
 
Commenting on the service, David Stenhouse, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Tynemouth RNLI, said: 'The service marked a historic milestone in the history of the RNLI at Tynemouth and of saving lives on the Tyne.
 
'We picked the exact day that the station was inaugurated for the service and we were delighted and grateful that so many people took the time to come and support us by attending the service.'
 
Hundreds mark Tynemouth RNLI 150th Anniversary at historic serviceTynemouth RNLINews150,1862,Anniversary,heritage,history,Lifeboat,Lifeboats,North,RNLI,Shields,Tyne,TynemouthOVER two hundred people came together last night to join the volunteer crew members, Coxswain and Committee of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station in marking the 150th anniversary of the RNLI establishing a station at Tynemouth in 1862, at a special service held at Christ Church, North Shields.   The service, held...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea