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Debra Stephenson to launch RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Lifeboats News Release

Dorset-based actress, comedian and impressionist Debra Stephenson will officially declare open this year's Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week on 22 July.

Debra Stephenson, who will open RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat week on 22 July.

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Debra Stephenson

As an impressionist Debra is best known for her co-starring role in BBC One's The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson.

As an actress Debra, from Poole, played Shell Dockley in Bad Girls, the feisty Frankie Baldwin in Coronation Street and Diane Powell in Playing the Field.

She also plays major parts in BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers and ITV's Newzoids.

Debra, who owns a speedboat with husband James, said they were looking forward to coming to Lyme Regis, and plan to make it a family day out with children Max,14 and Zoe,10.

Debra added:' My husband enjoys our small boat for fishing, and so far we have not had to call out the RNLI. But it's very comforting to know the volunteer crews are there if we need them.'

Debra will launch Lifeboat Week at 12.30pm on 22 July with a few well chosen words on Marine Parade.

On 28 July Debra will be performing her Night of 100 Voices show as part of her current tour at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne.

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