Alan belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Alan works as an Instrument Technician offshore. He joined the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade at the age of 18. His family have been involved with the Brigade since it began in 1864. Alan's main job is looking after the searchlight.
Alan was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 30 November 2005. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade watch house and lasted 22 minutes and 18 seconds.
A memorable call out
"I mean, we once had three Polish trawlers went aground on the south side of the causeway at St Mary’s Island"
I mean, we once had three Polish trawlers went aground on the south side of the causeway at St Mary’s Island. That was an interesting one. They thought that the St Mary’s Lighthouse was the Blyth Lighthouse on the end of the pier, so they went between the light and the shore side, and three of them ended up on, stranded. That was an interesting night, sending lifelines across just in case anything happened, because it was a stormy night.
Alan has 11 memories in the memorynet:
Alan's memories with a Volunteering theme:
- Looking after the searchlight
- A memorable call out
- Call out routine
- The searchlight
- Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade uniform
Alan's other memories: