A West Dorset lifeboat station is welcoming its first volunteer tour guide.

Chris MacDonald, a former London police officer and head of security for the NHS, has become the first volunteer tour guide for the RNLI’s lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.

The retired 66-year-old worked as a detective constable with the Metropolitan police force and has had various jobs which have taken him to Kenya, Hong Kong and Uganda.

Mr MacDonald said: “I am delighted to help promote the RNLI’s terrific work. People are very keen to hear about our volunteers and how so many of them drop everything to go to sea to help those in trouble.”

The tours will take place on Friday mornings, but the volunteer may extend his sessions while his wife, Avril, serves customers in the RNLI gift shop next door to the lifeboat station.

During his tours, Mr MacDonald will give visitors a brief talk and then a walk through the lifeboat station to get a close-up view of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne.