The Quarry pub customers have been raising money for the RNLI Cullercoats for many years and this year was no different with an outstanding £1,023.68 raised in 2015.

Customers came out in their numbers on New Year’s Day to support the annual fundraising activities.

Every New Year’s Day at The Quarry there are planned events, auctions and raffles. This has been taking place for over 32 years and is always well supported by the customers.

Local businesses also get involved by donating prizes or their services which go for auction. This cannot happen without the commitment and generosity of the Quarry pub regulars and particularly Gloria Taylor, Nicola Dawson, Doug and Trish McGlasson.

This year the RNLI decided to give something back, with two surprise presentations, the first to Trish and Doug a letter of recognition for their great support sent directly from the RNLI headquarters in Poole and a specially designed plaque presented to The Quarry pub, from all the RNLI Cullercoats staff and crew.

Trish McGlasson who has been involved in RNLI fundraising for 30 years said: ‘Without the great help from Nicola and Gloria throughout the year, this event would never get off the ground. I know some of the lads who are crew members who give their time voluntarily to save lives at sea and it is a worthwhile local charity.

‘We all would like to thank the local businesses and pub customers who every year support our efforts.  To be handed a letter of thanks from the RNLI was completely unexpected and both me and Doug were overwhelmed.’

Colin Chapman, tenant of The Quarry public house, said: ‘Since taking over the pub eight years ago my wife Kathryn and I have been very happy continuing to help and support the regulars in their fundraising for Cullercoats RNLI. We arrange events which includes a Tug of War with the crew and auctions on New Year’s Day. It is always a good event with everyone getting involved, we were delighted to be recognised for our continued support and our new plaque will be mounted in a proud place behind the bar for everyone to see.’

David Wakenshaw, RNLI Cullercoats chairman added: ‘We are very thankful for the longstanding support The Quarry pub customers and staff has given Cullercoats Lifeboat over the last eight years since Colin and Kath took over. It’s amazing how the community comes together.’