WATCH: Highlights from Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week 2021

LYME Regis Lifeboat Week has raised an estimated total of more than £33,000 for the RNLI, with the results of some events still to come in.

The week was opened by star RNLI collector Joshua Denning, aged 17, during a ceremony outside the lifeboat station.

He kept his record as top collector last week, with £1,048 being donated to the RNLI through his bucket.

A packed programme of events, competitions and entertainment was held throughout the week, with highlights including a parachute display by the British Army’s Red Devils, watched by an estimated crowd of 3,000.

Other popular events included a fun run, swimming challenge, bathtub race, yard of ale competition, the illuminated boats and duck race.

There was also plenty of children’s activities and live music on the seafront.

Ken Lavery, chairman of the fundraising group, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, said: “The provisional total is an absolute tribute to our fantastic volunteers who toiled well beyond the call of duty working long hours to achieve a great result.

“There was evidence that the public – our visitors and local residents – were delighted to see the return of Lifeboat Week. Many people said they were so pleased to see the event taking place as it signalled a return to some sort of normality.

“We must place on record our sincere thanks to everyone who donated so generously to our charity and they are, quite literally, helping to save lives at sea.”

There were many success stories for events during the week. For example, the wine or water tombola raised £9,000, the lifeboat crew sold 600 hot dogs raising £1,715, some £1,021 was collected in the name the welly dog competition and a produce stall raised a record £800.

The week was rounded off on Sunday with the lifeboat crew’s annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony, which had been postponed from May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A fireworks display will also be held this Thursday (August 5) at 10pm, jointly hosted by organisers of Lifeboat Week and Regatta & Carnival Week, which kicks off on Saturday, August 7.

Those attending are asked to give generously to collection buckets, with proceeds to be split between the two organisations, after which Lifeboat Week organisers are expected to announce the final total raised.

Don’t miss this Friday’s printed issue of the LymeOnline newspaper for a four-page Lifeboat Week photo special!

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