Thousands turn out for Harbour Day

RNLI Cullercoats Harbour Day. Picture by Michael Scott RNLI Cullercoats
RNLI Cullercoats Harbour Day. Picture by Michael Scott RNLI Cullercoats

Thousands of visitors descended on Cullercoats at the weekend to celebrate Harbour Day.

The sun shone on Saturday, as visitors flocked to RNLI Cullercoats where there was a bouncy castle, face painting, coconut shy and hook-a-duck, as well as tours of the Lifeboat, home-made cakes and scones, and live music from The Parish.

The volunteer crew of Cullercoats Lifeboat gave a demonstration of their skills within the bay showing how they rescue a person from the water and challenging manoeuvring skills within a tight space.

In the afternoon, the RAF Sea King rescue helicopter displayed its highly skilled aerial operations, working with the lifeboat to winch Helmsman Ben Bradshaw from the water back into the moving Lifeboat.

Pat Maddison, chair of Whitley Bay and Cullercoats Ladies Lifeboat Guild, said: “We started organising Harbour Day around October last year. The hard work includes liaising with North Tyneside Council, local businesses and coordinating the stalls and entertainment for the day itself.

“A big thanks must also go to all of the Cullercoats businesses and people who donated prizes for the raffle and products for the stalls.”

Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman RNLI Cullercoats, added: “Harbour Day is not only important for Cullercoats Lifeboat from a fundraising point of view but, I feel, it also brings the whole community together to celebrate and recognise the work and dedication of the volunteer lifeboat crew and everyone involved in the successful operation of the station.

“This support is always appreciated and is never taken for granted.”