Official opening of the Lyme Bay National Coastwatch – Charmouth 10 June.

Official opening of the Lyme Bay National Coastwatch Institute Charmouth station 10 June.

Sir Oliver Letwin, the Conservative parliamentary candidate, will officially open the Lyme Bay National Coastwatch Institute (NCI) lookout station at Charmouth on Saturday 10th June 2017. The event will begin at 1015 and formal cutting of the ribbon at 1030. Members of the public are welcome to come along.

NCI Charmouth, which has been providing a weekend and bank holiday service since May 2016, is based in a grade II listed former Napoleonic lookout just above and behind the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. The Charmouth lookout provides complementary support to the main Lyme Bay NCI station at Burton Bradstock, covering the inshore sea area between West Bay and Lyme Regis.

Official invitees include:

  • HM Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell,
  • John Young – High Sheriff of Dorset,
  • Jennifer Coombs – Lyme Bay NCI chairman and Former High Sheriff of Dorset,
  • Sir Philips Williams – Former High Sheriff of Dorset,
  • Senior members of NCI and the Blue Light services.

NCI provides eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring maritime radio channels and maintaining listening watch. Visual surveillance monitors sea borne vessels and vulnerable activities such as wind surfing and kayaking. Locally, Watchkeepers, who are all volunteers, also provide a valuable service to members of the public, advising on walking routes, tides and general sea conditions.

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