RESEARCH: Search is on for Bella’s family

Cullercoats Village family history and heritage group is researching the life of Bella Mattison, the lifeboat lady of Cullercoats, and is looking for any relations.

Does anyone know, or is related to, Mr Lisle Stephenson, the lady’s son, or her grandson Mr Jim Clarkson?

According to Bella Mattison’s obituary, she left a son and daughter, ten grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

If anyone has any further information that can be of help to us to complete the history of the lady, who took a big part in raising money for the lifeboat, it would be very much appreciated.

Anyone with information should contact us at Cullercoats Community Centre, or by e-mail to

Cullercoats Village

History Group

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