The Chronicle Cup


The Chronicle Cup was an annual competition to find the most efficient life saving brigade in the North East. This photo shows Newbiggin VLB with the Chronicle Cup which they won for the first time in 1954.

In the photograph, Mr. Weeks is seen presenting the cup to Coastguardman Hyde with Mr. Dawson, Chairman and No.1, and others of the Company around.

17 Brigades and Companies took part and a very high standard was shown with only 8.5 points separating the first 8 teams.

1. Newbiggin L.S.A. Company (Life Saving Apparatus)

2. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade

3. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

"Newbiggin are heartily congratulated on winning for the first time in their history, and for taking the cup further from Tyneside than ever before. They had obviously trained assiduously to achieve success, and much credit must be given to Coastguardman Hyde for working them up to such a high standard. The cup was presented by Mr. Weeks, former General Manager of the Ashington Group of Collieries, at a special dinner held on November 13th 1954".