Lifeboat crew to mark its 150th anniversary

A lifesaving organisation is planning a special display as part of its 150th anniversary.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB), which occurred on December 5,1864, following the shipwrecks of the Stanley and Friendship on November 24.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “When we started to plan our 150th anniversary celebrations a few years ago, one of the first, and most popular ideas, was to make some form of acknowledgement and tribute to all our former members who have used the Breeches Buoy to save countless lives.

“To this end, the TVLB, in what at first might seem a slightly ‘rogue’ move for a rescue organisation, has planned its very own ‘shipwreck’ for Saturday, August 23.”

For the purposes of this demonstration, Port of Tyne has allowed the TVLB to use one of its dredgers, Sir Bobby Robson, which we will be anchoring very close to the shore at Tynemouth Haven.

The dredger will be dressed to look like a 19th century sailing vessel, and five ‘casualties’ will be brought ashore.

Events start on Saturday at 12.30pm with a number of local bands performing on a stage at the Spanish Battery.

The TVLB demonstration will start at 2pm and people can watch from the area near the entrance to the North Tyne Pier.