Lifeboatmen save fete – and a family

Thousands of people made the trip to Seahouses yesterday for the annual lifeboat fete, organised for the first time by the crew.

Thousands of people made the trip to Seahouses yesterday for the annual lifeboat fete, organised for the first time by the crew.

And despite being called out yesterday morning to help a family whose speed boat engine had caught fire, the crew was able to perform a mock-rescue for the crowds, with the help of an RAF Sea King from Boulmer.

The family fun day included a host of activities, including face painting, a climbing wall, a tombola and stalls selling refreshments and crafts.

Station chairman John Hanvey (CORR) said: "It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day and the weather has been fabulous, which has helped.

"The Ladies' Lifeboat Guild, which used to organise the event, unfortunately disbanded last year, but the crew decided to take it on."

There were also large crowds at the annual Blanchland and Hunstanworth (CORR) Show, where people were entertained with the music of the Sunshine Boys, a gun dog display and a range of classes including sheep, pony sports, horticulture and industrial.

There was also a children's sport competition, a Punch and Judy show and a gymkhana.

Almost 1,500 people descended on the small village of Rennington, (CORR) near Alnwick, for the annual Scarecrow Festival, which is this year helping to raise money for the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer.

About 50 scarecrows of all shapes and sizes were on show around the village and a number of stalls kept visitors entertained.

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