Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week means fun for all the family

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2016

Lyme firefighters in their winning bathtub

Lyme firefighters in their winning bathtub


Despite the absence of the Red Arrows, organisers of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week are promising a programme packed with fun and interest for all the family.

Among the highlights on day one - July 23 - is the hotly-contested bathtub race, which was won for the fifth year running in 2015 by Dorset Fire and Rescue.

One Guild member said: “The firefighters have had a good run, but it is now time for another crew to show them a clean pair of heels.”

Local fire chief Virgil Turner said: “We feel we can beat anyone, but of course any other crew is welcome to try and stop us.”

A talk by accomplished speaker Paul Atterbury, of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will feature at Uplyme Village Hall on the second day, and tickets at £3 and £1.50 will be on sale at the lifeboat shop from July 4.

On Monday, July 25, the produce stall in Marine Parade will include judging for the Great Lyme Regis Bake Off Competition, in which entrants have made lifeboat-themed cakes.

A highlight on Tuesday is the grand auction at the lifeboat station. This was a huge success last year with the first appearance of a comedy duo of professional auctioneers, Simon Watson, from Lyme Bay Auctions and Harry Ballin, from Windsor.

There will be plenty of eye-catching lots, including a superb rug from Axminster Carpets and a £100 voucher for Mark Hix’s Oyster and Fish Restaurant.

The week includes all the favourites, the duck race, tug-of-war across the harbour mouth and yard of ale. And there is plenty of music including, for the first time, the much-admired Three Counties Swing Band.

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