Baby is christened on board Tyneside lifeboat

A baby proved he already has his sea legs when he followed a family tradition and was christened on board a lifeboat

Baby Roman Alexander Bundy is christened aboard the Tynemouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland
Baby Roman Alexander Bundy is christened aboard the Tynemouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland

A nine month old baby proved he already has his sea legs when he followed a family tradition and was christened on board a lifeboat.

Roman Alexander Bundy could be set to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, grandfather and great grandfather after he happily braved the rain and rolling waves during the ceremony aboard the Tynemouth RNLI all weather Lifeboat Spirt of Northumberland.

Crew members and their families have christened their children aboard the lifeboat with the help of an upturned bell for the last two hundred years and it is a symbolic way of welcoming them into the lifeboat family.

Heavy showers held off long enough to allow local vicar Reverend Dorothy Robinson to christen Roman in front of parents Laura and Paul Bundy, their family and friends, and Tynemouth RNLI crew members.

Roman’s mum Laura, a sales assistant who lives with partner Paul, a butcher, in North Shields, North Tyneside, said: “I think he must have boats in the blood as he was not fazed by the weather or the movement on the boat at all, he just took it all in his stride.

“My brother, my dad and my grandad have all served with the RNLI, so I have grown up around lifeboats and I take my hat off to all of the crew members.

“I don’t think a lot of people realise how much they put into it.

“They are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and when they go out to sea, especially at night, you worry about them.

“So many times my mum and I would sit up all night waiting for them to come back and I know the other families are the same and that brings us all close together.

“I really hope that Roman carries on the family tradition when he’s older.”

Roman’s proud grandfather Kevin Mole, 55, the station mechanic has served with the RNLI for 40 years.

His father Dougie also served for 30 years and Roman’s uncle Bobby is a volunteer and was himself christened on the lifeboat 22 years ago.

Kevin, of North Shields, said: “We are more than just a rescue service, we are a family as well.

“By the nature of what we do, your whole household is affected, and when we are on the boat, we have to watch out for each other or else someone will get hurt.

“This ceremony is a symbolic way of welcoming the baby into the lifeboat family.

“My son Bobby, Roman’s uncle was also christened on a lifeboat 22 years ago.

“It is a different boat, but we kept the bell, which we turn upside down to use as a font.

“We call it the christening bell. I think about a dozen children have been christened on the boat during my time with the crew.

“We thought the rain on the day might put a dampener on things, but it didn’t matter and Roman wasn’t bothered by all the cold water or the rolling boat at all.

“I’d love him to follow me into the RNLI one day.”

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