Events 1934


16 January

On Tuesday 16th January, the Brigade being winners of the “Chronicle Cup” for the year 1933, the Cup was presented at a gathering held in the Brigade House, Captain Page presided and the presentation of the cup was made by Mr W. Leslie Runciman. A letter from the president of the Board of Trade (The Right Honorable Walter Runciman) congratulating the Brigade on winning the Cup was read. Medals given by the Proprietors of the North Mail and Chronicle were handed to the Members of the team later at last year’s Annual Meeting. A number of Brigadesmen, visitors and Honorary Members were present. The Moffat Cup for rowing which had been won by a crew from the Brigade at the Roker Regatta held on the previous August Bank Holiday was also presented.

Source: Annual Report 1934


7 February

Artist’s Homecoming

Mr Frank S. Ogilvie, the well-known artist, much of whose work has been shown in the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, is paying a welcome visit to his native Tynemouth, and before returning to his home in Hertfordshire hopes to do some painting in the district.

He has several fine portraits in permanent North of England collections, and two are included in a special exhibition now being held at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.

One of his portraits, that of Mr Samuel Malcolm, the 91-year-old president the Tyne Life-boat Society, has hung in the headquarters of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade for 40 years.

Source: Sunderland Daily Echo 7 February 1934

27 February

Owing to the state of the weather on 27th February, a Watch was kept and a continuous watch maintained from the afternoon of the 12th March until 7.a.m. on the morning of the 13th March.



14 April

On the 14th April, Mr R. O. Middleton died. Mr Middleton had been an active member of the Brigade for many years and after resigning his position as an active Member kept in touch with the Brigade as an Honorary Member and was a generous contributor towards the funds of the Brigade. He also for some years was an active Member of the House Committee in addition to being a Member of the Ordinary Committee.

Source: Annual Report 1934




7 July

On the 7th July the Wearside Shipowners’ Shield Competition was held at Roker. Tynemouth Brigade being declared the winners by half a mark. The Competition was close and interesting. As this Competition followed the “Chronicle Cup” Competition on the same day, immediately after the “Chronicle Cup” Competition, the Team having to rush over to Roker in order to take part in this Competition, it does not appear to have been a very satisfactory arrangement and rather a trial for the Team, and it is hoped that in future care will be taken by those responsible to see that the dates for these competitions are kept apart. On the same day the “Chronicle Cup” Competition was held at South Shields the competition imposing a heavy task on the teams engaged. There were many people on the beach and some time was occupied in sufficiently clearing the beach so that rockets could be fired. Tynemouth Brigade also did their competition drill on the South Shields ground on the same day. Shield Won for Fifth Time

Source: Annual Report 1934

Tynemouth's Success in Roker V.L.B. Drill

The North-Eastern District of the Volunteer Life Brigades held the annual competition drill for the Wear Shipowners' Shield, at Roker, on Saturday, when Tynemouth regained the custody of the shield for the fifth time since it was presented in 1929. Last year Roker Brigade won the shield, taking it from Tynemouth, who had then held it for four years in succession.

Each team completed a programme of tests which included heaving a cane, to which was attached rope, between flags 20 feet apart and 20 yards distance; stowing the apparatus cart after attending an imaginary wreck; rewinding the rocket line; going into action; and the restoration of an apparently drowned man. Points were awarded in each case and the team with the highest number of points obtained the shield which was presented in the Roker Brigade House by Captain T. Brown, of Roker V.L.B.

Tynemouth were first with 96.7 points, South Shields runners-up with 96.2 points, Roker third with 93.7 points, and Sunderland South fourth with 84.2 points.

“Greater Efficiency”

Mr T. Simpson, who received the shield on behalf of the Tynemouth Brigade, who had left Sunderland earlier the afternoon to attend another V.L.B. competition, said that they would be glad to receive back the shield for the fifth time to their clubhouse, as this year was the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation the Tynemouth Brigade. It stood well for the efficiency of the brigades that the points were so close together.

Captain J. T. Robson, of South Brigade, whose team was the last to complete the schedule, as they had also been at the V.L.B. competition to which Tynemouth had gone to attend, said that the motive of the competition drill was to obtain greater efficiency in the V.L.B., and the resulting points certainly showed that all brigades were ready for any emergency should the occasion arise.

The judges of the competition were: Capt. Harland, of Blyth L.S.C.; Capt. J. Woods, of Seaham Harbour L.S.C.; and Captain T. Watson, of Whitburn L.S.C.

Roker Brigade was captained Captains W. Moffat and T. Keenan, Sunderland South by Captain J. Hammal, South Shields by Captain J. T. Robson, and Tynemouth by Captain F. Hudson.

Source: Sunderland Daily Echo 9 July 1934


6 August

On Monday 6 August, the usual Bank Holiday Regatta was held at Roker, and a crew from this Brigade was again successful in winning the Moffatt Cup, being a challenge cup for competition amongst crews from Volunteer Life Brigades.

Source: Annual Report 1934


The result [of the “Chronicle Cup” Competition] was not declared until the end of September, this brigade again winning the cup obtaining 188.3 marks; Roker second obtaining 181 marks and Tynemouth third with 179 marks. The team from the brigade are to be congratulated on again winning the “Chronicle Cup”. To win this Cup is now a severe test and proof of a high state of efficiency, the competition having been brought thoroughly up to date and the competitors being given difficult complications to tackle during the actual progress of the competition drill. In addition to this the weather on the day the competition drill took place was excessively warm.

Source: Annual Report 1934