Lyme Regis Lifeboat week off to flying start

PUBLISHED: 06:58 20 July 2015

The Pink Ladies team  Photo Richard Horibin

The Pink Ladies team Photo Richard Horibin

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Bathtub race won by Dorset firefighters

Winning raft race team the Dorset Firefighter. Photo Richard HoribinWinning raft race team the Dorset Firefighter. Photo Richard Horibin

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis Regis got off to a sunny start on Saturday with hundreds enjoying the weather and a day of traditional events that ended with the bathtub race.

Earlier, the town’s RNLI lifeboat and crew staged a demonstration at sea with the coastguard helicopter.

Seven teams took part in the bathtub race which was won for the fifth year running by Dorset Fire and Rescue. They finished in a ‘world record’ time of eleven and half minutes. In second place were Poco Pizza Pirates, and the lifeboat crew were third. Rob Perry Marine, sponsors of the event, were fourth.

An all-female crew of eight from Lyme Regis, the Pink Ladies, last took part 13 years ago and entered the contest again in memory of one o/f their members, Chrissie Robson, who died recently.

A supporter from Australia presented them with chocolates and champagne before the race – from Cobb Gate to the harbour – got under way. They finished in sixth place.

Their bathtub, decorated with underwear, was crewed by Tessa Prescott, Carrie Rossendel, Sam Neal, Emma Davies, Tanya Forster, Alison Robinson, Georgia Robson and Tracey Simpson.

Mrs Enid Perry presented trophies to the first three crews.

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