SOUTH Tyneside’s newly-renovated Tyne lifeboat was blessed today after being restored to its long-standing location at Pier Parade in South Shields.
The Reverend Philip Bullock, priest-in-charge of the Church of St Stephen, conducted the ceremony, which was attended by local dignitaries and representatives from the North East’s maritime and lifesaving community.
The lifeboat is the second oldest in existence and has taken back pride of place under the original canopy.
The boat returned after a renovation programme that was made possible by a team of 30 volunteers from the North East Maritime Trust in Wapping Street, South Shields.
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