Lifeboat crew filmed for BBC Countryfile

Countryfile's Matt Baker was in St Abbs last week to film with the crew of the harbour's independent lifeboat.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 10 March, 2018, 07:10
Countryfile's Matt Baker joins the St Abbs independent lifeboat crew.

The crew took the BBC 1 presenter out on the lifeboat to show him the work that goes into a typical exercise and the training that the crew go through.

“The story of the setting up of the independent lifeboat service, and the histories of some of the families still involved today, will feature on an upcoming episode of Countryfile,” said a spokesman for St Abbs lifeboat.

St Abbs is becoming a popular destination for television celebrities, drawn by the story of the village’s determination to continue its lifeboat service after the RNLI withdrew its lifeboat from the harbour.

Last year, the crew welcomed actress Penelope Keith to the lifeboat station.

The St Abbs feature is scheduled for screening on Sunday, at 6.30pm.

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In the same episode, Steve Brown heads out on the trail of the elusive mud snail, which plays a crucial role in the region’s ecosystem; Anita Rani cycles along the sands of the East Lothian coast on a ‘fat bike’, which has larger than normal tyres to avoid disturbing natural habitats, and Adam Henson visits Edinburgh’s Agricultural College, where researchers are working to find a way to fix the methane problem caused by the estimated 10 million cattle in the UK.

Last Sunday’s episode also featured local countryside, with presenter Helen Skelton visiting Kielder Water in Northumberland.

They were looking for water, and looking for a stunning setting with stories to tell, so where better for them to film?

They met a host of characters and gave details of the Restoring Ratty project, Kielder Art & Architecture, activities on the water and the history of Kielder Water.