With the end of the summer on Saturday you may have thought West Bay would start to quieten down, but Sunday's glorious sunshine had different ideas.

The Beyond Events West Bay Triathlon on Sunday had a fair few serious competitors taking part and many well wishers to cheer them on their way. The Esplanade was open to traffic again by early afternoon. However, it is closed to traffic again from September 2 to October 11 to allow the final stages of the flood defence works to be completed.

As I write, we expect one of the highest tides of the year tonight at 4.6 metres. This also meant we had one of lowest tides on Sunday lunch time. Fortunately, this allowed the two Bens, Ben Harvey and Ben Renshaw, our regular harbour assistants, to tend to the stern of a vessel in the harbour.

They wore their protective gear but still ended up looking like a couple of mudlarks. It also meant that the Lyme Bay RIB Charter vessel, which is still doing quite well for bookings, was leaving the Bay from the pontoons rather than its usual point of departure.

Tonight, Thursday, the committee of the West Bay Community Forum meets after its summer break. A full agenda awaits, including the hot topic of the controversial pedestrian crossing outside the Cornish Bakery. Whatever your views perhaps something needs to be done as the current markings have worn out almost beyond recognition.

I am not saying it was a competitor from the triathlon, but a Lycra clad cyclist certainly had a death wish just before 8am on Sunday morning when he chose to overtake me on the nearside whilst I was driving north along the quayside at a modest speed. Perhaps the expression should be 'undertaking' - it would be nearer the possible outcome.

One of the Bay's great characters, Geoff Bolton, has died after a short illness. His funeral will take place at 11am on Friday, September 13, in St. John's Church. We send our condolences to his daughter Gemma and to Geoff's many friends.