Date. 27th July 2014 Berwick   Report No. HB93



Crowds flock to support Berwick RNLI festival despite the down pours 



Crowds flock to support Berwick RNLI festival despite the down pours.  

The heavens opened just before the official opening of the festival by Town Mayor Councillor Isabel Hunter,  it then rained again during the festival.  The crowds either ran for cover or put up their umbrellas but most stayed to support the charity that saves lives at sea.  


When the sun shone the crowds were entertained with dramatic rescue demonstrations with both Berwick lifeboats and with the help of the Eyemouth lifeboat.


One lady in the crowd told how it was only water and if the lifeboat crews can go out in gale force winds and rain then I am sure we can stay and support the RNLI during a shower.


It was a special day for Deputy Launching Authority Gordon Blackett as he was presented by the Mayor with his long service medal for serving 21 years with the RNLI.


Gordon said, ‘being born and bred in Spittal, having served in the Merchant Navy for four years and as a fisherman for 41 years fishing on the river Tweed at Huds Head and Gardo, it seemed a natural thing to do to join the RNLI as a volunteer on the launch and recovery and help such a well needed charity whilst living and working on the sea.’





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For more information please telephone Hazel Bettison, Berwick RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on  07944757578 / 01289331448 or Tom Wakenshaw, Berwick RNLI lifeboat operations Manager, on 07802 940662.


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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. 

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