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Welly Walkers put best foot forward for RNLI

Staff at The Seaton Lane Inn put their best foot forward - together - to raise over £300 to fund kit for The Royal National Lifeboat Institute’s volunteer crew members. 

Taking inspiration from the kit they were fundraising for, The Seaton Lane Inn’s Debbie Brown, Joanne Curtis, Keeley Mathewson and chef Jennifer Malkin wore their wellington boots for a three-mile, three-legged welly walk from the inn on Seaton Lane to the George Elmy lifeboat at East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre. 


Debbie Brown of The Seaton Lane Inn said: “It was surprisingly hard work - the last time any of us had done three-legged walking was in the school ground! But we had a laugh and it was amazing to know we’ve raised so much money for the RNLI and the fantastic work it does to save lives at sea. As we are such a short distance from Durham’s heritage coast, we felt it was important to do our bit to raise funds for such a relevant charity.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported us in our walk - and to the staff at Seaham Marina and East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre who gave us such a warm welcome when we arrived.” 
 
As well as raising funds through the welly walk, The Seaton Lane Inn has become a ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off point, where customers can pick up small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change and return these to the inns to be emptied, helping towards the cause.
 

The RNLI’s community fundraising manager for the North East Gill King said: Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. We are thrilled that The Seaton Lane Inn is helping to raise money for the RNLI and thank them for their support.”

 

The Inn Collection Group gives it some welly for The RNLI

The Inn Collection Group is supporting The RNLI

The Inn Collection Group is helping to raise funds that will buy vital kit for RNLI volunteer crews by supporting the charity’s annual national fundraising campaign across its inns.

The inn’s seven inns span the North East coastline or are close to inland waterways, like Durham city’s The Kingslodge Inn and are getting behind the charity with sponsored events, pop up RNLI shops and acting as ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off points, where customers can take small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change to help towards the cause.

A vital piece of kit the inns are fundraising for are yellow wellies. And staff at The Seaton Lane Inn are taking inspiration from this by taking part in a three-legged welly race. 

Duos from the inn will hop, skip and jump the three-miles from the inn on Seaton Lane to Seaham’s Lifeboat Museum wearing their welly boots on Saturday June 10. 

Debbie Brown of The Seaton Lane Inn said: “We jumped at the chance to support the RNLI and the fantastic work it does to save lives at sea. As we are such a short distance from Durham’s heritage coast, we felt it was important to do our bit to raise funds for such a relevant charity – and have a laugh at the same time.”

Debbie will be leading the three-legged teams from The Seaton Lane Inn as they make their way to Seaham Lifeboat at East Durham and Coastal Heritage centre. 

Both The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge Inn have become ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off points, where customers can pick up small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change and return these to the inns to be emptied, helping towards the cause.

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager at The Kingslodge Inn said: “The RNLI is an excellent charity and we are proud to be able to support them with the Betty’s jars campaign. We’re recycling and relabeling our own jam jars for the cause so they become mini-collection pots that are helping to save lives.”

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group said: “We are delighted to be supporting The RNLI across our pubs which are all close to the coast and waterways. The RNLI does a superb and courageous job to save lives at sea and we hope to be able to help raise funds that will provide vital kit for their crew men and women.” 

The RNLI’s community fundraising manager for the North East Gill King said: Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. We are thrilled that The Inn Collection Group is helping to raise money for the RNLI and thank them for their support."

Other Inn Collection Group pubs supporting The RNLI include Northumberland-based The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry. 

 

 

The Commissioners Quay Inn wins Prestigious Property Award

The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth

The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth has won Commercial Development of the Year at last week’s prestigious Insider Media Property Awards ceremony.

The Insider North East Property Awards 2017 celebrate the remarkable achievements of the region's developments. Following the establishment of eight regional property awards dinners in the UK’s biggest cities outside of London over the last 20 years, the North East Property Awards 2017 recognize the most successful companies and projects over the previous 12 months.

The Commissioners Quay Inn was developed on the waterfront at Blyth to create a leisure venue for people to enjoy. The judges felt this was a true place-making development, turning a derelict site in an area of social deprivation into a space that the community can be proud. They also concluded that there was significant risk in this development that required strong leadership and decision-making.

The Commissioners Quay Inn was developed by Arch, and is operated by The Inn Collection Group. The jewel in the crown of Blyth’s impressive harbour development, the sleek Inn makes the most of every inch of its water’s edge location. Overlooking the River Blyth towards the sea, this vibrant and welcoming venue provides home made food and drink as well as providing much-needed bed and breakfast accommodation facility for tourists and corporate visitors to Blyth. A destination in its own right, The Commissioners Quay Inn really is the place to eat, drink, sleep and explore from.

Jacqui Kell, chief executive of Arch said: “Congratulations must go to the whole team that were involved in the development of the building for their vision and commitment in making The Commissioners Quay Inn the outstanding success it is today and a facility for Blyth and the surrounding community to be proud of. The facilities are second to none and as the second phase in the regeneration of the quayside area we are setting the quality bar extremely high. I am delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn has won this.”

Keith Liddell, The Inn Collection Group chief executive said: We are absolutely delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn has lifted the title for such a prestigious award. The service we provide to residents and visitors are first class, but to be able to say we are doing this from an award-winning building is even more special”. 

Daniel steps up to take ‘quay’ role at Blyth inn helm

Daniel Evans general manager of new pub with rooms in Northumberland The Commissioners Quay Inn

Northumberland’s newest pub The Commissioners Quay Inn has appointed Daniel Evans as its new general manager.

Daniel has stepped up to take the helm of the £4.5m waterfront pub with rooms at Blyth, where he has been assistant manager since its July opening.

Daniel, who hails from Blyth, brings a wealth of customer service, event management and hospitality experience to The Commissioners Quay Inn, which is part of multi-award winning hospitality operators The Inn Collection Group’s estate.

The Inn Collection Group operations director Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted that Daniel has risen through the ranks with the Group to become general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn. Daniel impressed with his proven track record for implementing strategic business initiatives and with his inbuilt enthusiasm for the role.

“The Inn Collection Group prides itself on delivering a tremendous experience for all our customers, whether they are dining or staying with us and Daniel shares our customer-first vision.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn has enjoyed unprecedented performance in its first three quarters’ trading. We are confident Daniel will build upon this and take the inn towards further growth and exceptional customer service in its exciting new chapter.

Father-of-three Daniel said: “I am very proud to be stepping into the lead at The Commissioners Quay Inn. One of our most powerful assets is our people. Continued investment in staff training, confidence and progression is key for me, and I am looking forward to working with our 60-strong team to bring about further staff training, up skilling and development.

“My team are an integral part in how we deliver on customer expectation, so everyone who walks through our doors - whether they are eating, drinking or staying with us - enjoys a totally individualised experience and returns and recommends us.”

The 40-bedroom Commissioners Quay Inn, located on redeveloped land along Blyth’s Quay Road, is open 365 days a year, serving homemade food and drinks from breakfast through to 9pm.

The expanding Inn Collection Group, a finalist in the prestigious Publican Awards Best Accommodation Operator category, is the largest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate.

Its portfolio in Northumberland includes The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. The estate includes The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and The Kingslodge Inn in Durham city centre.

Built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, The Commissioners Quay Inn is spread across four floors with superb coastal views from its quayside location. It fills a proven gap in the market for quality and affordable accommodation in the area.