On Sunday 11th November 2018, MVS Northumbria will lead a small procession of vessels up the Tyne before stopping between the iconic Millennium and Tyne Bridges to take part in the two-minute silence and placing a special wreath into the river.

This will be the 6th year the event has been held, and has proved very popular with the local community.  The Newcastle Quayside Market will be taking place so there will be lots of people in the area to appreciate the tributes.

Vessels are to assemble in the Ouseburn area at 10.30am. At 10.35am the fleet will sail slowly towards Newcastle in the following order:

  • MVS Northumberland Freemason (RHIB – Control Vessel)
  • MVS Tyne Spirit (Patrol)
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
  • North East Maritime Trust x2
  • St Peter's RIB 
  • Red Seal Rescue x2
  • Other vessels on the day

Time allowing the vessels will sail under the Swing Bridge and then move downstream to take up position for the 11am wreath laying. As the tide is going out, all vessels will turn to face upstream. At 11am MVS Tyne Spirit will have a clergyman on board to say a few words, lay a wreath and then there will then be a sound of horns and 2 minutes’ silence. After 2 minutes’ silence, all vessels will sound horn – lead by MVS Northumberland Freemason.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) is a uniformed, voluntary organisation, founded in 1994 with full charitable status with its patron being HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The organisation has more than 25 active units spread around the UK coastline at major port & river areas, with more units planned. Northumbria Unit is based in Benton and St Peter’s Marina

The aim of the MVS is to keep the country’s maritime traditions alive. Practical training in seamanship, small boat handling, engineering and communications helps to achieve this. Membership is open to both men & women irrespective of ethnic origin or disability from the age of 18. New members are always welcome – no experience necessary.

For more information on the MVS please see the web site http://www.mvs-northumbria.org.uk for contact details