Record crowds for Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week

A RECORD number of visitors turned out for the Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week, which finished on Sunday (August 1).

Thousands visited the West Dorset town during the week, which was packed with events – such as the RAF Falcons parachute team and a display from the Royal Navy Black Cats helicopters.

Members of the RNLI crew helped out, alongside RNLI Guild members, to barbecue and sell 600 hotdogs on the harbourside in one day.

Robert Michael, chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, said: “This is the first time since I have been running it that we haven’t had to rearrange or cancel something because of the weather, which is quite remarkable.

“We had large crowds and everybody worked hard.”

He said during the helicopter display one of the choppers had a mechanical fault and could not carry on.

He said they expected to raise thousands from the event, but the money was still being counted.