Lifeboat Week organisers persevere in wet weather

The lifeboat crew carry out an exercise with the search and rescue helicopter in windy conditions (photo by Seb Cope)

LIFEBOAT Week organisers have persevered through wet and windy conditions during the opening weekend of the annual fundraiser.

After weeks of heatwave conditions, Lyme Regis was hit with strong winds and torrential rain over the weekend, meaning some Lifeboat Week events had to be cancelled on postponed.

The swimming challenge for adults and children, which was set to take place on Saturday, will now be held from 7pm on Friday, August 3.

The popular bathtub race was set to take place on Sunday evening, but the sea was too rough and the event will now be held at 6pm on Thursday, August 2.

The illuminated boats on Sunday night was cancelled.

Ken Lavery, chairman of the Lifeboat Week organisers said: “We were sorry to postpone some events, but, of course our paramount concern is the safety of everyone taking part. And the forecast for the rest of the week was good so postponement seemed the best plan.”

However, plenty of events have continued despite the weather. The lifeboat crew welcomed visitors to Lyme Regis with a display in the bay on Saturday, alongside the coastguard search and rescue helicopter, while Eastern Promise Belly Dancers entertained on Marine Parade.

The crew served up bacon rolls from the lifeboat station on Sunday morning, and almost 50 took part in a fun run along the seafront on Sunday evening despite the wet weather.

Other events to be held during the week will include a display by the Red Devils parachute team on Thursday, August 2 and a firework display on Friday, August 3. Full details of all events can be found in the official Lifeboat Week programme, which is available to buy from many local outlets including the RNLI shop on the Cobb and the Lifeboat Week hut on Marine Parade.

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