SAVE the date in your diary - one of the biggest events in the Lyme Regis calendar is set to return.

All the stops are being pulled out to ensure an action-packed Lyme Lifeboat Week 2018.

Members of the committee of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild have already drawn up a provisional programme for the week - and it does not disappoint.

This year, Lifeboat Week will take place between July 28 and August 3, and already confirmed for a return visit are the Red Devils, the British Army’s official parachute display team. They will be ‘dropping in’ during the afternoon of August 2.

The event draws hundreds of spectators to the town every year, and RNLI volunteer Richard Horobin says many people specifically take holidays to the area for the event.

Mr Horobin said: “The Red Devils were hugely popular last year and we’re grateful they are returning again this year. There will be a lot of firm favourites this year.

“The event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds and it goes toward the daily running of the RNLI which is very expensive.”

An RNLI spokesman added: “Lifeboat Week is a fundamental part of the Lyme Regis calendar. Last year, we had about 35 events throughout the week and raised more than £30,000. Not only do we have big events like the Red Devils and the firework show, which are always popular, but it gives people a chance to pop down to the lifeboat station, as it’s open all week. Kids love meeting the crew, looking at the boat and learning all about the RNLI.

“It’s a well-established, well-loved and hugely successful week and we’d like as much support as we possible can.”

The Guild – the local fundraising branch of the RNLI charity – is holding its annual meeting on April 11 at 7.30pm at Lyme Regis lifeboat station.

Guest speaker is long-serving lifeboat crew member Elliott Herbert, who is also a full time senior assessor trainer with the RNLI. New members of the Guild are welcome to attend the meeting.

RNLI Flag Day this year is on June 2, when volunteer collectors will be on duty in Lyme Regis and Charmouth.