Lifeboat’s yellow welly dog given new RNL-eyes!

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Garry Gibbs with his dog created from worn out wellies and his real pet Mollie

SOMEONE seems to have taken a shine to the eyes of the yellow welly dog that has become a major attraction outside the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis. 

Shop manager Krys Lavery discovered both eyes were missing and called in the dog’s creator, lifeboat crew member Garry Gibbs.

Garry performed “complicated surgery” on the mascot, and the dog is now back on duty, on loan to the RNLI stand at the Royal Cornwall Show where he is advising dog owners how to keep safe during clifftop 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 necklace and restored the dog’s appearance.

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

The yellow welly dog will be the subject of a naming competition during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis, starting on July 28.

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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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