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Downton Abbey creator to visit Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week

Lifeboats News Release

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to make a guest appearance during Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week.

Nck Briggs

Nick Briggs

Julian Fellowes

Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, who lives in Dorset and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 2009, will be visiting the town on the fourth day of Lifeboat Week, Tuesday July 31st.

Lord Fellowes visit will include meeting members of the volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers running many of the events on the day. It is hoped he will start and present the trophy to the winners of the tug 'o war contest across the harbour entrance.

Lord Fellowes said:' I know the volunteers put a great deal of effort into raising funds for the RNLI charity and I am looking forward to my visit.'

Lord Fellowes is an actor, novelist and film director, and serves as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords.

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