Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat week 'a resounding success'

Lifeboats News Release

A soggy start with rain and high winds turned into a sunny finale and a huge success for lifeboat week in Lyme Regis.

Lord Julien Fellowes and his wife Lady Emma aboard the harbourmaster's launch to start the tug o' war, along with the nayor and town crier of Lyme Regis. Far right is Mark Colley, long serving helm with Lyme Regis RNLI.

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Lord Julien Fellowes, his wife Lady Emma with the mayor of Lyme Regis and the town crier aboard the harbourmaster's launch to start the tug o' war. Extreme right is Mark Colley, long serving volunteeer helm with Lyme Regis RNLI.

And as the week came to an end last night the organisers - the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild - reported an early estimated total for donations in the region of £26,000.

The weather caused the postponement of the bathtub race and the swimming challenge, but both were held later and cancellations were few.

Chairman of the Guild Ken Lavery said:'The week was a resounding success and a tribute to all the volunteers who gave up their time in the planning process and during the week itself. Once again we have had tremendous support from the public and we have received many positive comments.'

Among the many successes, drawing huge support,, were the Army's Red Devils parachute display team, the popular wine or water raffle,the 'name the welly dog' competition and the tug 'o war across the harbourmouth which was started by Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey who was aboard the harbourmaster's launch with his wife, Lady Emma.

A Madagascan tortoise stole the show at a packed Uplyme village hall presentation of snakes and exotic reptiles.

Six hundred hot dogs were sold by the lifeboat crew at their barbecue on the harbour slipway. And a local firefighter scored the first ever hole in one at the golf challenge on the harbour North Wall.

As the week came to a close last night with a spectacular fireworks display, one of the last events - the swimming challenge from Cobb Gate to the harbour- attracted a record entry of 100.....65 adults and 35 juniors.

The Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer crew who came 4th in the bathtub race.

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The Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer crew who came 4th in the bathtub race.
The Red Devils parachute display team dropping on Lyme Regi beach.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

The Army's Red Devils parachute display team dropping on Lyme Regis beach

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