As part of their ongoing thank you visits around the Northumberland coastline, the Northumbria Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has visited Amble.

The nautical charity was gifted a new training vessel by Northumberland Freemasons aptly called “Northumberland Freemason” in June which has been used at the Tall Ships Race in Sunderland and at a recent Remembrance Day Parade of Sail at Newcastle’s Quayside.

Head of Unit, Volunteer Officer Paul Casson said, “We’ve already visited freemasons in Berwick and Seahouses to say thank you for their kind donation and our visit to Amble is a great opportunity for us to do the same again and familiarise ourselves with the harbour, the marina and the river too.”

The boat was visited by a number of freemasons from Northumberland including the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Brian Denton.

Brian said, “Freemasonry in Northumberland supports local charities and it’s good to be able to see at first-hand how our donation is being used for the benefit of the community.”

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) operates regionally from Berwick to Hartlepool and provides invaluable support, both afloat and ashore to harbour authorities and at events such as the Tall Ship’s Race.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 25 active units around the coasts & estuaries of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical seamanship and engineering skills. These skills are put to good use in the community at events such as Tall Ships and at times when called upon by the appropriate authorities.