WATCH: Crowds enjoy Berwick lifeboat fete

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Several sharp showers failed to dampen the spirits of crowds who flocked to support Berwick RNLI’s annual festival at Carr Rock, Spittal.

The heavens opened just before the official opening of the festival by Mayor Isabel Hunter, then again during Sunday afternoon’s event, but the crowds either ran for cover or put up their umbrellas - but most stayed to support the charity that saves live at sea.

When the sun shone the crowds were entertained with dramatic rescue demonstrations by both Berwick lifeboats with the help of the Eyemouth lifeboat.

It was a special day for deputy launching authority Gordon Blackett as he was presented with his long service medal for serving 21 years with the RNLI.

Gordon said: “Being born and bred in Spittal, having served in the Merchant Navy for four years and as a fisherman for 41 years fishing on the river Tweed at Huds Head and Gardo, it seemed a natural thing to do to join the RNLI as a volunteer on the launch and recovery and help such a well needed charity whilst living and working on the sea.”

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