Summer holidays as it should be – Lifeboat Week returns this weekend!

Star Lifeboat Week collector Joshua Denning, aged 17 (pictured centre), will officially open this year’s event on Saturday

WITH the town having missed all its major events last year during the coronavirus pandemic, Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week makes a welcome return as the main summer season gets underway this weekend.

Organisers from the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Supporters have worked hard to deliver a packed programme, with highlights set to include a parachute display by the Army’s Red Devils team at 3pm on Thursday, July 29.

Although the lifeboat crew will be taking on Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club in a friendly match tonight (Friday), things really get underway on Saturday, July 24 with the official opening of Lifeboat Week to be carried out by star fundraiser, Joshua Denning, aged 17, who enjoys helping at all local events and who collected no less than £1,000 for the RNLI during Lifeboat Week 2019.

The opening ceremony will be held at 1.30pm outside the lifeboat station on the Cobb.

Other events on the opening day will include belly dancing, shanty signing, a swimming challenge and welcome display by lifeboat crews from Lyme Regis and Exmouth in the bay at 6.30pm.

Festivities will continue during the opening weekend, with other highlights to include the popular fun run and bathtub race and illuminated boats on Sunday, July 25, as well as a barbecue and live music at the Nag’s Head.

Children will be kept entertained throughout the week with events to include pavement art, beach treasure hunts and races, crab fishing and a teddy bear’s picnic.

Meanwhile, grown ups may like to try their hand at the challenging hole-in-one competition, striking a golf ball off the North Wall to the floating hole, or the famous Yard of Ale competition to be held outside the Cobb Arms on Wednesday evening from 8pm.

There will also be demonstrations from Lyme Regis fire crew and Lyme Regis coastguards, as well as live entertainment from Mariners Away, Lyme Regis Town Band, Wylde Morris, HiDDeN and Lyme Morris, Romney Marsh Morris and The Chantry Buoys.

Don’t forget to also pop down to the lifeboat station for their book stalls, breakfast baps, hot dogs and competitions, and to buy a ticket for the Irene Roper Duck Race, named after one of the former leading organisers of Lifeboat Week, to be held at 12noon on Friday, July 30.

For dates, times and full details of all events, buy a Lifeboat Week programme in local outlets including at the lifeboat station, or search for the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week app on the App Store or Google Play.

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