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Lyme Regis RNLI team aiming for a Lifeboat Week record

Lifeboats News Release

Organisers of one of the most popular summer events in Lyme Regis are setting their sights on a fundraising record.

The Red Devils dropping in on Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

The Red Devils dropping in on Lifeboat Week
Lifeboat Week in the town starts on Saturday July 22nd, and chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Ken Lavery said: "Since the 1970s this annual event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for our lifesaving charity. Last year, for example, we raised £40,000. And as we approach the RNLI's bicentenary next year we are determined to keep our proud record, and, with the generosity of visitors and those living locally, we hope to set a new one.
"The supporters group spend much of the year planning Lifeboat Week and we believe we have another terrific programme of activities for all the family."
Back by popular demand are the army's Red Devils parachute display team, along with favourites such as the bathtub race, the crab fishing competition, and the incredibly popular wine or water lucky dip and the second hand book stall.
"All we need now is good weather," said Ken Lavery.
The week will be launched by the recently elected mayor, Cllr. David Sarson at 2pm on July 22nd at the lifeboat station.
After this year's event is over, plans will be made for the 2024 week which will start on July 27th.
Lifeboat Supporters chairman Ken Lavery.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lifeboat Supporters chairman Ken Lavery.

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