Tynemouth lifeboat plays host to special Christening

Harry Thomas Michael Brown is christened on board Tynemouth RNLI station's Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland by Revd Canon Glyn Evans. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI
Harry Thomas Michael Brown is christened on board Tynemouth RNLI station's Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland by Revd Canon Glyn Evans. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

A special ceremony was held on a lifeboat to welcome a new addition.

Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crewman Michael Brown and his wife Laura held the christening for their son Harry onboard the station’s Spirit of Northumberland lifeboat.

The ceremony saw the Reverend Canon Glyn Evans, of Christchurch, North Shields, christen Harry Thomas Michael with proud parents, Godparents, family and friends, and lifeboat crew watching on.

Michael, 35, an IT consultant when not saving lives at sea, said: “I’m following in my own father’s footsteps as a volunteer lifeboat crewman, my mother was a fundraiser for the RNLI and I’d like to think Harry will also become a volunteer.”

The tradition of christening the children of lifeboat crew members aboard RNLI lifeboats goes back over 200 years and is said to bring good luck to the child.

The christening font normally found in a church ceremony is replaced by the upturned ship’s bell from the lifeboat, held on this occasion by volunteer Second Coxswain Ian Black.