Brigade work to feature on Coast episode

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade 150th anniversary.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade 150th anniversary.

A lifesaving organisation is to share some of its skills on national television.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) will feature in the ‘Coast’ episode on BBC Two at 8pm on Thursday, August 6.

The episode, entitled ‘Wild Water’, will include footage filmed with the TVLB last August, and includes an interview with their late Honorary Life Member and chairman, Alex Hastie MBE, who died on July 22.

During the course of filming, ‘Coast’ presenter Nick Crane took part in the Brigade’s Breeches Buoy exercise to mark their 150th anniversary at Tynemouth Haven.

The feature on the Brigade is part of a wider exploration into the history of life saving on the coastline of north east England.

Mr Hastie became a member of the Brigade in 1950 and achieved over 50 years service. He served as a Brigade Captain and twice as chairman.

During this time he oversaw the restoration of the Brigade’s Watch House, the celebrations of the organisations 150th anniversary, and two Royal Visits.

He was awarded an MBE in December 1995 for his contribution to the North Shields fishing community.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “The Brigade awarded Alex its highest recognition, ‘Honorary Life Membership’ in November 2004 and for many years Alex has been our figurehead, inspiration and role model for new members.

“He was a great friend who worked tirelessly to ensure the welfare and safety of all members of the Brigade and was always willing to pass on wisdom, guidance and advice.

“He will be truly missed by us all.”