Poor weather fails to dampen harbour day

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Thousands of pounds has been raised to help continue save lives at sea.

Despite the disappointing weather, hundreds of people still enjoyed Cullercoats Harbour Day last Saturday.

The family-friendly event saw a variety of attractions, stalls and entertainment, with funds raised from raffles, collections, stalls and attractions raising £5,500, with money still coming in.

On the beach there were pony rides, a climbing wall, a coconut shy and photographs taken on the lifeboat.

There was live music by local group The Parish plus stalls including ‘hook a duck’, bric-a-brac and a number of food stands.

A demonstration was given by the RNLI Cullercoats volunteer lifeboat crew of a sea rescue and afterwards children had the opportunity to sit on the lifeboat.

The whole day, which takes several months of organisation, is planned and co-ordinated by the Cullercoats and Whitley Bay Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild.

It liaises with local businesses, North Tyneside Council, and stall and entertainment providers.

Chairperson Pat Maddison said: “I would like to thank everyone who came to support harbour day, especially when there were other events taking place on the same day.

“Harbour day would not be a success without the hard work of the volunteers of the guild, the lifeboat crew, the sea cadets and the Territorial Army.

“All the raffle prizes were donated by local businesses to which I must thank for their generosity.”