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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 21:05 GMT
Deal secures watchtower's future
The future of a rescue service and museum on Tyneside have been secured after a deal with the local council.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade need only pay a peppercorn rent for its headquarters at the mouth of the Tyne.

This follows a decision by North Tyneside Council to waive its right to charge the market rate.

The charity supports coastline and cliff rescues and its distinctive watchtower base, recently visited by the Queen, is also a museum.

The award of a 35-year peppercorn lease will also enable it to bid for Heritage Lottery funding.

The voluntary coastal rescue service, which was founded in 1864, operates between Tynemouth and Blyth, and on the River Tyne up to Newcastle.

So far this year volunteers have responded to more than 100 call-outs.

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