Jan 26


Byline: TWO Tynemouth RNLI crew members carried on a long tradition of having their baby christened on board their lifeboat today.
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When volunteer crew members Chris Reay and Emma Coleman's new baby Sarah arrived there was only one place to hold the ceremony - on board the station's Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland.

In a moving service Reverend Peter Dodd christened Sarah Judith Reay in front of the couple's family, friends and fellow lifeboat crew members, braving strong winds and rain.

The tradition of christening 'lifeboat children' aboard RNLI lifeboats goes back over two hundred years and is said to bring luck to the child. The christening font normally found in a church ceremony is replaced by the upturned brass ship's bell from the lifeboat.

Dad Chris, 42, met Sarah's mum Emma, 29, a music teacher, when they both joined the RNLI as volunteer crewmembers three years ago.

Chris, who runs a catering business, said: 'The weather was a bit miserable but we didn't let it stop us carrying on the fine tradition of having Sarah's Christening on board the lifeboat.

'Maybe she'll become a volunteer with the RNLI herself.'


Key facts about Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was founded in 1862 and has 30 volunteer crewmembers that come from all walks of life. The station operates two lifeboats: Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and IB1 class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble which launch a total of around 65 times each year.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station has its own website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org.  You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or @tynemouthRNLI on Twitter.

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