Zetland FM Local News - 27th April 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 27th April
A rare spectacle on Redcar Beach has been drawing the gaze and cameras of hundreds of people.
High winds overnight from Monday into Tuesday caused a fifteen foot high buoy anchored 2 miles off Redcar Beach to break its moorings.
The structure, which is made of plastic and fibreglass with a light on top and large weight at the bottom, weighs around 3 tons and an operation to bring it ashore went on most of yesterday by a team from PD Ports just behind the Regent Cinema.
Conditions were made worse by driving winds not only affecting the sea state, but also sand blowing across the beach as people worked.
As the high tide came in yesterday afternoon, two tractors helped to pull the buoy slowly ashore to the high tide mark where it now awaits recovery, which will happen later today.
A story told by a Redcar RNLI crew member to illustrate the sacrifices made by lifeboat volunteers is featured in the charity's national Mayday campaign, which launches yesterday.
Dave Cocks, now Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, shares a story about how he just missed his small son's first solo bike ride after he was called away to help launch the lifeboat.
A video featuring the story will be used on social media to generate support for the RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign, which focuses on the fact that 'every day is Mayday for the RNLI's volunteer crews.' The tale is also central to media adverts and RNLI marketing material for RNLI Mayday, which runs until the May Day bank holiday.
Dave Cocks, the Operations Manager at Redcar Lifeboat told Zetland FM his story and a couple of others:
Redcar and Cleveland’s Mayor Councillor Brenda Forster is requesting any prize donations for her major civic fundraiser, the annual Mayor’s Charity Ball this Friday.
Taking place at Gisborough Hall at 7pm for a 7:30pm start, the event will raise money for two worthy local causes, the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the Cystinosis Foundation.
Prizes are required for the tombola, raffle and auction, with all proceeds from the evening going to the two charities.