Amble welcomes its new lifeboat

Crowds lined Amble quayside on Friday to give a warm welcome to its new £2million Shannon-class lifeboat.

Saturday, 26th November 2016, 07:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 09:26 am
Arrival of the Shannon lifeboat in Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman

To help pay for it, a £200,000 fund-raising appeal was launched in 2014. Thanks to wide-ranging support, the total was smashed in June this year – a month ahead of schedule.

The new boat is named Elizabeth and Leonard, in memory of the couple whose legacy helped pay for her.

Amble RNLI Coxswain John Connell said: “The work that the fund-raisers have done has been overwhelming and it was quite a welcome for her. She is super and I felt very proud and privileged to be the coxswain who brought her in.”

Katrina Cassidy, chairman of Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers, said: “This has been the culmination of really hard work by the fund-raisers. It was an emotional day. When we were set the target, we couldn’t comprehend reaching it, but we’ve surpassed it.”

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The Shannon is the RNLI’s next generation all-weather lifeboat and the first to be propelled by water jets, not propellers. It is 50 per cent faster than the vessels it replaces.