Lifeboat open day at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 15:01 15 May 2019

Lats year's Blessing of the Boats service at lyme. Picture: Richard Horobin

Lats year's Blessing of the Boats service at lyme. Picture: Richard Horobin

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RNLI team is hoping to welcome aboard some new recruits

Crew members and supporters of the RNLI in Lyme Regis are staging an open day ahead of the annual Blessing of the Boats service.

The lifeboat station on the Cobb will be open on Sunday, May 26, from 10am to 2pm. Blessing of the Boats begins at 3pm.

During the open day volunteer lifeboat crew and members of the fundraisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group, will be on hand to talk about all aspects of volunteering for the charity.

The supporters organise many fundraising events throughout the year including Lifeboat Week which this year starts on July 27.

Chairman of the supporters group, retired surgeon Ken Lavery, said:" "Lifeboat Week is our major fundraising event and donations during the week regularly total around £30,000.

"Our volunteers are incredibly enthusiastic, but we could always do with more help so we thought we would hold an open day in the hope that we might interest more people to join us. We are a very friendly group and there are plenty of social activities during the year."

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks also hopes to attract some interest from men and women who may want to join the volunteer crew.

He said: "We hope the open day will give an opportunity for visitors to discuss with us how the lifeboat operation works and if we find a few people who would like to join the crew so much the better."

So far this year the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew have answered six emergency calls. Last year's total was 40 'shouts.'

Anyone interested in joining the supporters group can do so on May 26 or they can call the membership secretary Anne Marks on 07802 675985.

The Blessing of the Boats inter-denominational service at the lifeboat station will be conducted by local clergy and will be accompanied by the Lyme Regis Town Band.

* RNLI volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The charity operates more than 238 lifeboat stations and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands.

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