Dave belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Dave is an Engineering Manager. He joined the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to give something back for the pleasure he has had from the sea. He is a Captain.
Dave was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 7 December 2005. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade garage and lasted 13 minutes and 17 seconds.
"Loads of social events- weíre very social people"
Loads of social events- weíre very social people. There are three main ones plus a whole host of others. The big one is the Smoker. We have a, itís called the Smoker firstly because when it first- itís a party to celebrate the founding of the brigade. And when the brigade was founded 141 years ago, to encourage the men to attend the meeting they put on tobacco- they put free tobacco on. So the guys would come and get this free tobacco and sign up.
So to this day this party is called the Smoker and itís basically, it was originally a thank you from the committee to the men but these days it has become our biggest fundraiser and the men now do most of the work. We serve all the food, we serve all the beer and thereís a band and there are speeches and itís quite an interesting evening. We donít have a licence so we give the beer away and we donít have measures we have gallon jugs and the guys, the brigadesmen walk around with gallon jugs filling peopleís glasses up, so people end up quite merry really because they donít know how much beer theyíve had, itís just constantly there and the if guys get it rightÖ(phew). But itís an interesting evening.
And then recently weíve been having a dinner to commemorate, we started on the 140th and we repeated again this year on the night the wreck of the Stanley happened. Itís called the Stanley Dinner, but itís really called the Wreckage Dinner because thatís the kind of warped mind the brigades have. And itís just a dinner where we all sit down and have dinner and itís nothing more exciting. It sounds quite boring- itís nothing more exciting than that but itís just a quiet gentle event before the bedlam of Christmas starts.
And we obviously have other events through the year. The Rotary Club normally has a do- it normally hires us to put on their own smoker, but they have a bar, and itís slightly different there. But as youíve seen the watch house is a wonderful place to sing sea shanties in- it lends itself beautifully to that sort of stuff. Things with nautical themes we get involved in.
Dave has 7 memories in the memorynet:
Dave's memories with a Community theme:
- Joining the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Social events
Dave's other memories: