The re-enactment of the first life to be saved from a shipwreck anywhere in the world by volunteers using the breeches buoy rescue equipment is the subject of the first in a series of illustrated talks as part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.
The re-enactment of the wreck of the schooner Tenterden of Sunderland on April 2nd 1866 was one of the highlights of a big weekend of celebrations when today’s Brigade members used a real vessel to show how their predecessors established their lifesaving credentials just weeks after being formed.
The talk will feature some excellent photographs of the re-enactment of the Tenterden and events leading up to the big weekend of celebrations. It starts at 11.00am on THURSDAY 14th APRIL in the Watch House on the South Pier, South Shields. Admission is free.

 
Picture showing Captain Peter Lilley (Right), taking the part of the Captain’s Wife in the recent re-enactment. Joined by South Shields Mayor Richard Porthouse (Left), holding professional stunt baby Doll-y.
Captain Peter Lilley of Tynemouth VLB (Right), taking the part of the Captain’s Wife in the recent re-enactment. Joined by South Shields Mayor Richard Porthouse (Left), holding professional stunt baby Doll-y.