Lifeboat week ends with a splash

11:20 28 July 2014

That sinking feeling – Lyme lifeboat crew tug of war team  lose their grip and get a soaking. Photo by Richard Horobin

That sinking feeling – Lyme lifeboat crew tug of war team lose their grip and get a soaking. Photo by Richard Horobin

Archant

Lyme Regis Volunteer RNLI crew get a soaking after losing the harbourside tug of war

Taking the strain – Exeter Chiefs forward Will Carrick-Smith (track suit)  take the rope with the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sally Holman urging more effort. Photo by Richard HorobinTaking the strain – Exeter Chiefs forward Will Carrick-Smith (track suit) take the rope with the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sally Holman urging more effort. Photo by Richard Horobin

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis ended with a splash - as the volunteer RNLI crew got a soaking.

They lost the tug o’ war across the harbour entrance to a coastguard team boosted by the surprise inclusion of two rugby stars.

Exeter Chiefs’ Will Carrick-Smith and Sam Hill added muscle power to the squad, much to the delight of hundreds of spectators who saw the lifeboat crew end up in the sea as they lost grip on the rope and plunged into the harbour.

The week was voted a huge success by the organisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.

Chairman-elect Irene Roper said: “The weather was very kind to us and, as usual, our visitors and local people have been incredibly generous with their donations to our charity.

“We are still counting but I am sure we will have a pleasant surprise when we have finished.”

Highlights included the RAF Falcons parachute display team, and on Thursday an estimated 20,000 watched a spectacular performance by the Red Arrows.

All the old favourites drew praise from visitors - the lifeboat crew barbecue on the slipway where around a thousand hot dogs were sold, the crab fishing contest, swimming challenge, the duck race and the belly dancers Eastern Promise and Friends.

Mrs Roper added: “I cannot praise the crew and guild members enough. They worked so hard as a team in the heat and the result was a hugely successful week.”

Work will start soon on next year’s Lifeboat Week planned for July 18 to 25.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

10:09

Police issue detailed descriptions of missing items

Read more
08:02

Cash donation made to the town’s vital life-saving unit

Read more
29 minutes ago

A businessman from East Devon has scooped the lion’s share of a £3million Postcode Millions prize pot.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Axe Valley Community College and Holyrood School at Chard are to become a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Members of the Friends in the Community recently enjoyed a pleasant afternoon learning about the birds on the Axe estuary.

Read more
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hundreds are expected to roll up their sleeves again for this year’s Seaton Big Clean.

Read more
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Members of Honiton and District Lions Club took a trip to their local Tesco supermarket last week to say a big thank-you.

Read more
Friday, February 24, 2017

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 28, and we want to know what Devon’s favourite pancake topping is. Sweet, savoury or both? Decide in our poll here...

Read more
Friday, February 24, 2017

Volunteers who run the RNLI charity shop next to the lifeboat station on The Cobb in Lyme Regis have celebrated another successful year.

Read more
Friday, February 24, 2017

Lurcher Beau, aged six, has spent the last three years at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe and watched more than 1,000 dogs find their forever home while he has been overlooked. Can you give him the home he deserves?

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: -0°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications