The big yellow helicopter has been a favourite with crowds at the fundraising event, which is dedicated to all the emergency services, since it was established by Ilfracombe Round Table in the mid 1970s. In October, the Sea King will be retired and the search and rescue service privatised, to be run by Bristow Helicopters Ltd from a base at St Athan in South Wales. Once again, proceeds from this years spectacle, now organised by Events4Ilfracombe, will go to the RNLI and there will be dramatic rescue displays throughout the day. Police, fire service, ambulance, HM Coastguard, Exmoor Search and Rescue, RNLI Lifeguards and more will be taking part in live displays as well as setting up on the pier with their vehicles and equipment to meet the public. Chivenors helicopter will be in the thick of things as usual as the crew team up with Ilfracombe RNLI to stage live demonstrations of airlifts and a precision rescue at sea. It will be the first and last time the crew has staged a public display with the towns new faster Shannon class lifeboat. Organiser Marnie Quy of Events4Ilfracombe said they had a packed programme, but it would be a poignant moment to see the helicopter for the last time. We are really pleased that we have a fly-by from 22 Squadrons Sea King, particularly since its retiring at the end of the season and we wont see it again in Ilfracombe, she said. We would really hope that when the new helicopter arrives it will also take part in Rescue Day and take its place in the community.