Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week gets off to a sunny start
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis got off to scorching start today as thousands packed the town and beaches in the sunshine.
The first major event of the day was a welcome display by the crew of the Lyme Regis Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne. She was joined by the neighbouring Shannon-class lifeboat from Exmouth,R and J Welburn, and the coastguard helicopter for a winching exercise.
In a varied programme, the day continued with performances on Marine Parade by a group of belly dancers known as Eastern Promise, a kite making workshop for youngsters, visits to meet the crew aboard the lifeboat on its slipway and the final eent of the day the bathtub race.
Two bonus events have just been announced. On Tuesday at 11.30am there will be a flypast by RAF Puma helicopters and two hours later a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton will stage a flypast.
The week continues with a host of events including sand castle competitions, a grand auction, fossil polishing, a gig race and tug 'o war across the harbour mouth.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.