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Army skydivers to drop in on Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week

Lifeboats News Release

The Red Devils - the British Army's official parachute display team - have onfirmed they will be a top attraction at his year's Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

The Army parachute display team, the Red Devils, in actionn.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

The Red Devils in freefall.

The week - which last year raised more than £27,000 for the life-saving charity -starts on 22 July, and the Red Devils sill be performing during the afternoon of 25 July.

The freefall team has 15 members, all of whom have seen active service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan or Iraq. They are widely acknowledged as among the best display parachutists in the world, and every year carry out spectacular shows at public events promoting the British Army and the Parachute Regiment known as 'The Paras.'

Chairman of the organisers of the week, Irene Roper of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, said: 'We are delighted to have secured the Red Devils. They will be a big attraction in the middle of the week.'

Plans for other events are well under way. The fireworks display is scheduled for 28 July, and the popular Three Counties Swing Band perform the same evening. A new event is a water polo match between RNLI lifeguards and the lifeboat crew on 25 July. The official programme for the week will be published in June and available throughout the town.

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