Another success for lifeboat volunteers

The winning entry in the illuminated boats event (photo by Daryl Turner)

HOW is it August? Summer is flying by and already another successful Lifeboat Week comes to a close.

I arrived at the lifeboat station for the official opening last Saturday and was immediately whisked up the road to the Nag’s Head with celebrity guest John Challis – aka Boycie from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – in the front seat, for an unexpected photo call and a large cognac (kidding… mine was a gin!).

A surreal start to a busy week and one, I’m sure, that has been another huge fundraising success for the RNLI, judging by the crowds seen on the seafront all week. You can see our unrivalled Lifeboat Week photo coverage in this week’s issue of LymeOnline.

One of my favourite events of the week was the illuminated boats; perhaps not quite as exhilarating as a parachute drop or a riotous as the yard of ale, but it’s one I always remember watching as a child and, held on Sunday evening, it was a calm and peaceful end to a busy opening weekend.

This year I was lucky enough to watch the event from the water to get a closer look at the boats. Unfortunately, night-time photography is not my forté and local councillor Daryl Turner did a much better job from the shore (pictured above), but it was still an unexpected treat to go out to sea and look back at Lyme’s twinkling seafront.

Thanks to Lyme Rib Rides for taking me out, I’ll definitely be back for one of your speedier trips around the bay!

As Lifeboat Week wraps up for another year (although we still have the tug o’ war and bathtub race to enjoy tonight), there’s barely time to take a breath as Regatta & Carnival Week gets underway tomorrow with another packed programme of events for all the family to look forward to.

Don’t miss the firework display tomorrow night (Saturday, August 3) – this year being jointly held by the RNLI and Regatta & Carnival.

Stepping away from the fun and games on the seafront for a few hours, I attended the live screening of ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ at the Marine Theatre last week. It was the first time I had been to one of the Marine’s National Theatre Live screenings and now I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long.

The play was exceptional; a clever three-man production depicting the rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank. How lucky we are to have such world-class entertainment brought right to our doorstep.

With tickets from £11 (or just £5 for under 18s), it’s a fraction of the cost of watching productions in London. Within a few minutes you forget you’re not really there, and then it’s just a quick walk home!

Upcoming National Theatre Live screenings at the Marine include Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed ‘Fleabag’, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ starring James Corden, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Hansard’.

If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out!

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About Francesca Evans 1773 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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