Celebrations on land and sea in Eyemouth

The new Eyemouth RNLI Shannon class lifeboat was officially named at a ceremony on Saturday.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 05 June, 2019, 16:39
Eyemouth's new lifeboat, Helen Hastings. Picture by Nicholas Leach

A substantial legacy left by Helen Hastings, from Stocksfield, meant the RNLI could invest in the state-of-the-art £2.1million vessel, the most manoeuvrable in their fleet.

Helen’s son David Hastings, officially naming the boat Helen Hastings, said: “When we were children, my family had a motor home and we would spend time at Bamburgh and Seahouses.

The Kirk Square Fair.

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“My mother admired the bravery and selflessness of the lifeboat crews and on her passing she left the majority of her estate to the RNLI which has funded this magnificent boat.

“I have been rescued by lifeboats twice, outside this country, and this might have been an additional factor when my mother decided to support the RNLI.”

On the other side of the harbour, the Kirk Square Fair was also a success with many people soaking up the friendly atmosphere, food and drink, crafts and gifts, music and entertainment.