Sidmouth Lifeboat suit up for winter ball

The 2017 Sidmouth Lifeboat Ball. Picture: Kyle Baker

The 2017 Sidmouth Lifeboat Ball. Picture: Kyle Baker - Credit: Picture: Kyle Baker

Sidmouth Lifeboat celebrated its golden anniversary in style with its second ever winter ball.

The crew swapped their uniforms for tuxedos and gowns and were joined by supporters, trustees, family and friends at the Victoria Hotel last Friday.

Senior coxswain Guy Russell gave a speech about the commitment of everyone involved in the lifeboat over its 50-year history.

The crew’s Ian Fletcher said: “As well as recounting how far the Sidmouth Lifeboat service had come since its humble origins, Guy also paid thanks to those who are instrumental in its success, including former crew and committee members.

“He also thanked, on behalf of the charity, the incredible generosity of the community and individuals in their donations and bequests, which has allowed the charity to go from strength to strength.”

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Operations manager Phil Shepperd added: “It was wonderful, a really really good evening.”

The lifeboat crews thanked local businesses for supporting the evening with a selection of raffle prizes which raised more than £1,300 on the night.

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The charity also welcomed back members from the Rover P4 Guild Devon and representatives from the Middle Bar Singers and Sidmouth Sailing Club.

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