Memorial service for lifeboat heroes

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RNLI crews have paid an emotional tribute to volunteers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

St George’s Church, in Stockton Road, Sunderland, hosted a special service in honour of the “bravery and dedication” of the lifesavers across the country.

Led by the Reverend David Chadwick, the event was attended by members of the local crew, management committee and fund-raising guild, as well as Sunderland Mayor Iain Kay and Mayoress Barbara McClennan.

Last month, volunteers also took to the streets for their annual fund-raising drive.

The Flag Day collection, which brings in vital cash to help boost training and equipment, raised hundreds of pounds for the organisation.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “The church service proved to be a great success with excellent attendance and we are very grateful to the mayor and mayoress for lending their civic support to our event.

“After the great success of our Flag Day collection in the city centre, this was a great way for the station as a whole to celebrate a successful year and to look forward to another successful summer season.”

Last year, the Sunderland station recorded one of its busiest years, attending 111 incidents.

It is the oldest in the country and has been saving lives for more than 200 years.

Meanwhile, RNLI lifeguards are carrying out patrols on Wearside beaches.

Twelve lifeguards are keeping watch over local spots for 14 weeks.

The charity runs the lifeguard service at locations including Roker and Seaburn on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

For more information about Sunderland RNLI and how to make a donation, visit www.rnlisunderland.org.

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