Skills displayed at Berwick lifeboat fete

Despite the rain and chill, the annual Berwick lifeboat fete at Carr Rock, Spittal, attracted a healthy turnout on Sunday.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 31 August, 2018, 09:02
Crowds watch the displays at Berwick lifeboat fete.

The highlight was the visit of a Coastguard helicopter which accompanied the Berwick and Eyemouth lifeboats in a spectacular display.

Unfortunately, the helicopter was unable to perform a winch rescue drill due to the weather conditions, a lack of wind to blame.

Berwick lifeboat fete. The Berwick and Eyemouth lifeboats and the Coastguard helicopter in action.

However, the lifeboat crews performed a series of exercises to demonstrate their skills, while fun trips were offered by Eyemouth RIB trips.

Back on dry land, there was fun to be had in a tug-of-war contest between the Berwick and Eyemouth crews with the visitors taking the honours.

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There was also live music, refreshments and a number of stalls to take in, with valuable funds being raised for the RNLI.

Meanwhile, lifeboat crewman Rense Bell recently received his 20-year long-service badge from coxswain Ally Laing. By coincidence, his daughter Faye had her induction on the same evening.

Berwick lifeboat.
The Berwick lifeboat crew taking part in a tug-of-war contest against their Eyemouth counterparts.