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Lyme Regis RNLI crew deliver yellow welly to tall ship

Lifeboats News Release

Lyme Regis RNLI crew members yesterday (May 13) delivered the charity's fund-raising yellow welly to the tall ship Pelican at Portland Bill.

Lyme Regis crew member Seb Cope with schoolchidren, Stormy Stan and his penny farthing.

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Lyme Regis crew member Seb Cope with schoolchildren, Stormy Stan and his penny farthing.

It was the last leg of the Lyme Regis journey for the welly, which started the day before with a lifeboat crew member on a penny farthing bicycle, a vintage Jaguar, the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan and more than a hundred schoolchildren all involved in the relay.

The welly had travelled along the southwest coast as part of the RNLI Mayday campaign during which the charity hopes to raise £750,000 towards the cost of kit the crews have to wear.

Members of the Sidmouth branch of the RNLI brought the welly to Lyme in a 1967 S-type Jaguar and delivered it to pupils at St. Michael's School. They then handed it to lifeboat crew member Seb Cope who took it to the lifeboat station on his penny farthing bike accompanied by Stormy Stan.

The next day the \Lyme Regis lifeboat crew took the welly to Portland Bill where it was handed over to the captain of TS Pelican Mick Cunningham by Seb Cope and another lifeboat crew member,John Bird.


Lyme Regis RNLI crew members Seb Cope and John Bird present the welly to the captain of Pelican Mick Cunningham.

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Lyme Regis RNLI crew members Seb Cope and John Bird present the welly to Pelican Captain Mick Cunningham with Josephine Parker far right.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

The Pelican in full sail photographed from the Lyme Regis lifeboat by crew member Seb Cope.

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