Call to make surf lifesaving event a week to remember

PUBLISHED: 13:48 25 January 2014

Beach lifesaving club

Beach lifesaving club

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Residents, traders, voluntary groups and schools are being encouraged to be a part of this year’s National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Exmouth.

Organiser of the event, David ‘Tids’ Tidball, is urging anybody who wants to help out to attend a meeting next Monday.

The meeting is of the town council’s general purposes sub-committee and takes place at the town hall at 4pm on Monday, January 27.

The surf lifesaving championships will run from August 16 to 23, and could be worth up to £400,000 to the town’s economy.

They will see more than 1,000 lifesavers battle it out on Exmouth’s two miles of golden sands to find who is the best in the country.

The championships celebrate and test the fitness and skills of lifesavers of all ages.

Tids has already urged hoteliers and guesthouse owners to get in touch if they can help provide accommodation for competitors and spectators.

He said: “Exmouth need to make sure the event is successful at every level so that when we hold it next year it can be even bigger and better. This event is not just for the benefit of a few people – it’s for the benefit of every resident, every business in Exmouth and it will put the town on the map.

“If anybody has any ideas, wants to get involved in any way, I would urge them to attend the meeting on Monday.”

Deputy mayor Bill Nash said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the town. This meeting will be the first “working party group’ of this event and we hope to agree and book dates for future meetings of this group.”

Interested parties can email Tids at iam@phibian.org.

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