Thursday 18th March 2021
Newbiggin Lifeboat Station 170 years old
Newbiggin Lifeboat Station will be remembering that 170 years ago a rescue took place with a group of local fishermen led by Philip Jefferson that was in fact the catalyst for the establishment of a lifeboat station at Newbiggin by the Sea.
Philip Jefferson was the first coxswain of the Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, a volunteer just like the current volunteers who was happy to respond to a call for help anytime of the day of night, with only the basics of rescue resources.
On the 18th day of March 1851 in an open coble they had clawed their way back to the safety of the bay in a storm but on hearing about the plight of other local fishermen, put back out to sea in the coble risking their own lives but saving as a result some ten lives.