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RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week beats the weather to raise £20,000

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis came to a soggy end in the showers yesterday, but organisers are confident of a significant boost for RNLI funds.

Impressionist, actress and comedian Debra Stephenson at the opening ceremony.

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Impressionist, actress and comedian Debra Stephenson at the opening ceremony in Lifeboat Week

Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose members plan the week, believe donations to the life-saving charity will be in the region of £20,000.

Only one event - the Friday night fireworks display - had to be called off because of the weather.

Irene Roper, who is retiring as chairman of the guild after five years, said:'It has been a successful week despite the weather. Visitors, residents and traders have all been very generous as usual and have enjoyed our many events.

'It has been a great team effort and there have also been some superb individual achievements, such as 13 year old Josh Denning, who raised £473 with his collection bucket and help from his family.'

The week came to an end with a performance by the shanty singers, Harbour Voices of Lyme Regis.

But there were two surprises still to come. Irene Roper was treated to a celebration by other volunteers to mark her retirement as chairman.

And Emma Hughes, from Whitchurch Canonicorum, called into the lifeboat station with a donation of £420 raised at her 40th birthday party.

She said:'I wanted to raise money for the RNLI as I am an active member of Bridport Gig Club and my dad is a keen fisherman with a boat at West Bay.

'So I told everyone not to bring me a present but to make a donation. It was quite a big party.'

A Royal Navy helicopter gave a flypast during lifeboat week.

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A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter gave a flypast during lifeboat week.
The grand auction in the boathouse.

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The grand auction in the boathouse.
Winners of the bathtub race celebrate their victory.

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Winners of the bathtub race, from the sailing club, celebrate their victory.
RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew lost the tug 'o war, beaten by a team from the town's football club.

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RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew lost the tug 'o war competition, beaten by a team from the town's football club.

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