Mystery of the Lyme Regis yellow welly dog's beady eyes

Lifeboats News Release

Someone, it seems, had their beady eyes on the yellow welly dog that has become a major attraction outside the RNLI lifeboat shop in Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis RNLI crew member Garry Gibbs with the yellow welly dog. His own, real dog, Mollie, is pictured right.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis crew member Garry Gibbs with the yellow welly dog. His own, real dog, Mollie is pictured right.

Volunteer shop manager Krys Lavery discovered that both the dog's eyes were missing and raised the alarm with its creator, long-serving crew member Garry Gibbs.

Garry performed complicated 'surgery' and the dog is now back on duty and has been loaned to the RNLI stand at the Royal Cornwall Show where he is helping to advise dog owners how to keep safe on coastal walkies.

Garry said:' The eyes were not valuable, just glass beads from one of my wife's old necklaces.'

With the help of Krys Lavery, Garry chose a pair of silver 'spangly' beads from another old necklace and restored the dog's appearance.

Now Garry needs just two more worn-out RNLI wellies to start work on a friend for his original creation.

The yellow welly dog's next big public appearnce will be as the subject of a naming competition during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis which starts on July 28.

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