Downton Abbey creator to visit Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to make a guest appearance during Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week.
Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, who lives in Dorset and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 2009, will be visiting the town on the fourth day of Lifeboat Week, Tuesday July 31st.
Lord Fellowes visit will include meeting members of the volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers running many of the events on the day. It is hoped he will start and present the trophy to the winners of the tug 'o war contest across the harbour entrance.
Lord Fellowes said:' I know the volunteers put a great deal of effort into raising funds for the RNLI charity and I am looking forward to my visit.'
Lord Fellowes is an actor, novelist and film director, and serves as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords.
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.