Chef to name new Lyme lifeboat

Spirit of Loch Fyne will be officially handed over to Lyme Regis RNLI on Sunday

Lyme Regis’ new RNLI lifeboat – The Spirit of Loch Fyne - will be officially named and dedicated this weekend.

The ceremony, on the second day of the town’s lifeboat week – Sunday, July 22 – will be held on the harbour slipway, at 4.30pm

Around 250 are expected to be there, including the current lifeboat crew and their families, former crew, and representatives of the boat’s sponsors, the fish restaurant chain, Loch Fyne.

The Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat – which takes a crew of four with a top speed of 35 knots – arrived in the town on March 3 and since then has answered 15 emergency calls.

During the ceremony the boat will be handed over to the RNLI by Karen Wood, head of operations for Loch Fyne, and will be accepted by RNLI trustee Mark Byford.

The vicar of Lyme Regis, Rev Jane Skinner, will conduct the service of dedication and music will be by the Lyme Regis Town Band.

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The boat is due to be named by Douglas Wright, Loch Fyne’s executive chef.

A ‘christening’ cake is being prepared by lifeboat helmsman and qualified baker Brian Street and will be cut after the ceremony.