Lyme lifeboat crew member takes the helm for his last trip aboard Loch Fyne.

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Twelve years as a sea-going member of the RNLI lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis came to an end on Sunday for John ‘Birdie’ Bird.

The self-employed builder will be 50 this weekend and has to retire because of RNLI regulations.

He took the helm of the town’s lifeboat during Sunday’s training session as he and colleagues marked his retirement.

Said John: “I have loved every minute of my volunteer activities and I will miss going to sea. But I certainly won’t be giving up entirely. I shall continue to use my experience as a member of the shore-based team.”

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