LYME Regis Lifeboat Week 2019 was another financial success for the RNLI, with at least £28,000 thought to have been raised, according to early estimates.
HUGE crowds packed Lyme Regis on Saturday, July 27 as much-loved actor John Challis – best known as Boycie from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – officially opened Lifeboat Week.
Mr Challis led the official opening outside the lifeboat station on before signing his books, autographs and meeting fans on Marine Parade.
He also had time to pop into the Nag’s Head in Silver Street – the namesake of the famous ‘Only Fools and Horses’ watering hole – much to the delight of landlords James and Rebecca DeVoisey, keen supporters of the RNLI.
Largely good weather and packed beaches has made for a successful week of fundraising for the RNLI with one of the highlights being a spectacular parachute drop onto the beach by the Army’s Red Devils team on Thursday.
Other events have included displays by local emergency services, plenty of activities and games for children, live music and the popular fun run, illuminated boats, yard of ale competition, bathtub race and tug o’ war across the harbour mouth.
The lifeboat crew started festivities early on Friday, July 26 with a match against Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, which they won for the first time in 25 years.
The volunteer crew took home the trophy despite several members being called on an emergency shout just a few minute’s into the game.
Three young men had been thrown overboard from their dinghy after being swamped by waves at St Gabriel’s Steps, near Golden Cap. The men – all wearing lifejackets – had managed to swim ashore and were assisted back to Charmouth by coastguards.
Ken Lavery, chairman of Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, which organises Lifeboat Week, said: “It was a great week with new events and old favourites all very popular.
“I can’t thank enough those who took part and donated to our charity. Their generosity once again was just amazing. I must also thank all our volunteers who gave their time to run the 72 different events.
“The rain on one day did not dampen the spirits of anyone.”
The final total is expected to be announced sometime over the next two weeks.