South Shields lifeboat restoration volunteers sought

The Tyne being removed for restoration The Tyne has been moved to a nearby workshop for restoration

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Volunteers are being sought to help restore a historic Tyneside lifeboat.

The Grade II-listed vessel, known as The Tyne, was built in 1833 in South Shields and was used to save more than 1,000 lives in its 60 years of service.

It has been on display on Pier Parade in the town since 1884, but was recently moved for restoration.

The North East Maritime Trust is asking people who want to become involved in "the fascinating journey to return it to its former glory", to come forward.

'Fabulous opportunity'

Dave Parker, a director at the trust, said: "The project has already captured the imagination of local people and generated a lot of interest with residents popping by to share their stories.

"It's like researching and working on an archaeological dig, as you uncover something new after every stage.

"This will be a very time-absorbing project as we are renovating the boat layer-by-layer, but this means we will be uncovering history at every step of the way."

South Tyneside Council is involved in the project, which also includes the restoration of the 1884 memorial's decorative cast iron canopy.

Councillor Audrey McMillan, vice chair of the foreshore steering group, said: "This is a fabulous, once in a lifetime, opportunity for a few dedicated people to help preserve one of the borough's most important heritage landmarks."

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