Summer Walk Report   9 - Newbiggin by the Sea, 24th July 2012.

    

On Tuesday 24th July 2012, seventeen members met in the Church Point Car Park at Newbiggin by the Sea for
walk number nine on the Morpeth Camera Club Summer Programme.
A visit to the Newbiggin RNLI Lifeboat Station was on the agenda, and opened in 1851, it is the oldest operational
boathouse in the British Isles. On view inside was the Atlantic Class 75 Lifeboat named the " CSMA 75th Anniversary ",
together with the impressive Hydrostatic Tractor, that hauls the boat in and out of the water.
Lifeboatman Ivan Mee showed members around the boathouse, crew room & equipment store, answered all questions
and was very informative about the history of the station. He explained his role as a volunteer with the RNLI and his
experiences as a crew member on the Newbiggin Lifeboat. Members thanked Ivan for his time and efforts and he
accepted a small donation towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from the club.
The walk continued around the bay via the promenade, with views of the offshore sculpture "Couple" by Sean Henry.
Numerous seaside themed artworks on the recently updated "Newbiggin Art Trial" and traditional fishing cobles in the
boat yard next to the lifeboat station, all provided good subjects for photography.

    

On the return walk, over thirty local fisherman were line fishing from the beach with some catching mackerel on the
incoming tide, close to" The Hunkleton Stone ", another feature of Newbiggin by the Sea's rich seaside heritage.
A fine evening walk ended as members returned to the car park via the new Maritime Centre & the 14th Century
parish church of St Bartholomew that overlooks the bay. Many thanks to those who supported this walk.
Davy Bolam.