A £20,000 yacht has been given to a north east youth development charity based in the borough.
Ocean Youth Trust North has been given the yacht, called Lene Sono, which was delivered to its new home at Royal Quays Marina and is now taking its place in OYT North’s fleet.
The yacht’s previous owner, a lifelong sailing enthusiast, donated the yacht to OYT North to help its work developing young people through the medium of adventure under sail voyages.
Lene Sono will be used as a training vessel for volunteers and adults aiming to earn yachting qualifications.
Steve Lennon, general manager of OYT North, said: “We simply could not believe our luck when we heard that a fellow sailor wanted to give us an offshore sailing yacht.
“Lene Sono is a beautiful boat in great condition and we are so grateful to have her.”