Preview: 150th SSVLB at South Shields Customs House
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Top band celebrates with the
Life Brigade at the Customs House
150th Anniversary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.
South Shields Customs House
Saturday 23rd July 2016
One of the North East’s foremost traditional music bands will be performing at The Customs House on Saturday 23rdJuly in a special evening to celebrate the 150th anniversary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter They will be joined by Tyneside legend Johnny Handle.
Tom Fennelly, Honorary Secretary of the Brigade says: ”After the formal events earlier in the year commemorating the founding of the Brigade in 1866 these promises to be night of excellent music and song with County Durham-born Jez Lowe and his band in a venue close to mouth of the Tyne which was the scene of so many of the shipwrecks and rescues carried out by the Volunteer Life Brigade. It is a great chance to enjoy some of the best local live traditional music by a well-known band with a great repertoire and a great reputation.”
A major exhibition celebrating the 150thanniversary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade is now open at South Shields Museum and will run until September 17th. The exhibition traces the history and development of this unique lifesaving organisation which was the first in the world to save life from shipwreck using the breeches buoy.
This weekend also sees next Open Days weekend at the Watch House on Saturday & Sunday July 23rdth/24th. Visitors are welcome between 10.00am and 4.00pm each day.
A commemorative documentary film has been commissioned tracing the history and development of the Volunteer Life Brigade featuring contributions from Members past and present. There will be an official launch of the new film in coming weeks.
A new commemorative brochure will also be produced towards the end of the year of celebrations.
Further information is available on the Brigade web site www.ssvlb.org.uk or visitsouthtyneside.co.uk Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SSVLB
Tickets price £15 are available from The Customs House booking office 0191 454 1234. Bookings can also be made online at: www.customshouse.co.uk. The performance starts at 8.00pm.