CELEBRITY guest Lord Julian Fellowes was welcomed to Lyme Regis yesterday (Wednesday) as part of Lifeboat Week celebrations.
Lord Fellowes, known as the creator of his television series ‘Downton Abbey’, and his wife Emma were invited to the lifeboat station as special guests, and met many members of the volunteer crew. They were joined by surprise guests David Dimbleby and his son Henry, who sailed into Lyme on their way to Dartmouth.
Lord and Lady Fellowed later boarded the harbourmaster’s launch, along with the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and town crier Alan Vian to official start the annual tug o’ war across the harbour mouth – a favourite Lifeboat Week event.
Huge crowds cheered on teams from the lifeboat crew and Lyme Regis Football Club, with the footballers winning two out of three games.
Lord Fellowes presented a trophy to Lyme Regis Football Club First Team player Mark Bailey.
The lifeboat crew will have a chance for revenge on the Seasiders, when they take on a ‘Lyme Legends’ team in a football match, kicking off at 3pm on Friday, August 3 at the Davey Fort ground in Charmouth Road.
Full details of all Lifeboat Week events can be found in the official programme, available to buy at various outlets around the town including the RNLI shop on the Cobb and at the Lifeboat Week kiosk on Marine Parade.