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The Red Arrows soar over Lyme harbour

Sunday July 29th was the last day of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. For me it was the most special day of all — the day the Red Arrows return.

Lyme Regis and the RAF Red ArrowsOn Red Arrows day, Marie F and Sunbeam, my two mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing boats, are always tied up on a buoy outside Lyme Regis harbour with ten excited passengers on board each one ready for the exact moment when the Red Arrows arrive.As usual this year the whole of Lyme Regis was double parked more than an hour and a half before the familiar red planes tore across the bay and delighted the huge crowds.

The sun was shining and the clouds were very high in the sky. For once, instead of fishing for mackerel, my boats were full of passengers watching in awe for over twenty minutes as the Red Arrows performed fantastically over Lyme Bay. Most importantly, the coffers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute must have swelled for every moment the show lasted and afterwards too as the crowd dispersed.

I’m already looking forward to the return of the Red Arrows next year when our boats will take time off from our hourly Lyme Regis mackerel fishing and three hourly Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips. There’s nothing like the roar of the planes as they swoop, turn, climb and dive right over our heads, trailing their red, white and blue smoke. I can even wink at the pilot!

Published on 30/07/2012.

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