Tynemouth RNLI members to row in 106 year old lifeboat

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RNLI crew members from Tynemouth and Yorkshire will row the river Tyne on Saturday in a 106-year-old lifeboat.

The former Whitby lifeboat William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington, will be rowed from Newburn to Tynemouth to fundraise in aid of the RNLI on Saturday, September 19.

Yorkshire drinking buddies and fundraising enthusiasts, The Ales Angels, will row the 16 miles with help from volunteer RNLI crew members from from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station.

The historic lifeboat, which took part in the famous SS Rohilla rescue at Whitby in 1914, was last seen in the Tyne in 2008 when the Ales Angels and RNLI crew members hert from Tynemouth to Whitby, raising money for the different lifeboat stations on the way.

Pete Thomson, ex-Coxswain of Whitby RNLI Lifeboat, who was behind the 2005 restoration of the lifeboat will be helmsman through the row explained that fundraisers for the RNLI like this are the exact reason that the William Riley was restored.

Graham Chaddock one of the event organisers and Ales Angels member, said: “This year we decided that we could continue to raise funds for the RNLI by completing a number of events like this.

“I’d like to thank the Port of Tyne and NE1 Marina for their help in making the row possible.”

The row begins at Newburn Sailing Club at 9.30am and continues to Newcastle Quayside where the lifeboat is expected to arrive at the NE1 Marina at 10.45am.

There will be some demonstrations of the lifeboat for spectators before setting off downriver again at noon, and expected arrival at Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station is at 3pm.