Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete- BH Monday 31 August, 2015
The Annual RNLI Fete at Seahouses was opened at 10am by Harry Mascall, 8yrs, who has been visiting a number of Lifeboat Stations. He was later given a VIP trip with his mother aboard the All Weather RNLI Lifeboat RNLB "Grace Darling" and was presented with a bear called "Harry" and an RNLI Flag signed by all of Seahouses Lifeboat Crew.
There were a number of stalls, including RNLI Souvenirs, second hand books, sweets, a specialist brewery stall, tombola, raffle, wood turner, cream teas, Slater's Amusements and Rides, Live Band "Parish", and variety of other stalls and entertainments. And at 2pm, both Lifeboats launched for the public. It was with some sadness that the familiar yellow Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer was not available, despite an official request being submitted last year. The aircraft did attend Amble Lifeboat Fete yesterday. The RAF Helicopter Base at Boulmer closes on 30 September 2015,as 202 Sqdrn is disbanded, and search and rescue helicopter support is handed over to a civilian franchise operated for HM Coastguard by Bristows, The nearest aircraft available for this section of coast will be based at Hull and Prestwick. Ian Clayton, Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager commented, "We have had great service from RAF Boulmer and they will be sadly missed. Being so close, we have become accustomed to rapid helicopter support, and we will now have to come to terms with new and different operating service. It was a great shame that the public did not get the chance to see a final glimpse of the RAF Seaking aircraft, but this was a decision beyond our control. I would like to thank everyone who supported us and made today a successful fund raising event. The total raised is still being calculated. I would also like to extend special thanks to our colleagues from Craster Lifeboat Station who came along to assist us and help make the day a success."