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The forming of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
One of the watchers when the "Stanley" was wrecked was John Morrison, an officer in the military volunteers based at Tynemouth Castle.
He knew that if the rescuers had been as well trained as his soldiers, many more lives could have been saved. He met with two important local men, John Foster Spence and his brother Joseph who joined him in arranging a public meeting in North Shields Town Hall on 5th December 1864.
row: Anderson, Wallace, Fry, Joseph Spence, W. Spain, F. Spence, A.
Gray, C. Henzell
More than 150 years later, almost every week the Brigade is still called upon to help someone in trouble - check the local newspaper and the TVLB web site
03-Aug-2007 © North Tyneside Libraries 2007-8