FOR one day only, Appledore is having to ask boat owners to stay away. On Sunday (September 19) the village will be filled with special guests and many well-wishers for the official naming and dedication ceremony of its new Tamar class lifeboat, Mollie Hu

FOR one day only, Appledore is having to ask boat owners to stay away.

On Sunday (September 19) the village will be filled with special guests and many well-wishers for the official naming and dedication ceremony of its new Tamar class lifeboat, Mollie Hunt.

The ceremony makes it necessary to use part of the main Churchfields car park and to close all day the slipway from which people usually launch their boats and jet skis.

Lifeboat spokeswoman Niki Tait said: "We have more than 300 VIP guests coming for the ceremony, including the families of those who have bequeathed us our lifeboats and are using the slipway for seating.

"We are sorry to inconvenience people, but on this occasion there will be no availability for boats to be launched there and as the village will be very busy it will be very difficult if we having people towing their boats down to the car park and then having to find a way of turning around. "We would ask, just for the day, that people do not bring their boats to Appledore.