RESCUE Day organisers and the emergency services rose to the challenge despite atrocious weather which again threatened to batter a North Devon summer event. Stormy seas, driving winds and rain provided the perfect backdrop to the scenarios played out by

RESCUE Day organisers and the emergency services rose to the challenge despite atrocious weather which again threatened to batter a North Devon summer event.Stormy seas, driving winds and rain provided the perfect backdrop to the scenarios played out by the emergency services at Ilfracombe Round Table event on the Pier, especially the RNLI and Coastguards!The police, fire service, South Western and St John Ambulance services, British Red Cross, Exmoor Search and Rescue, RNLI Lifeguards and others were in attendance to carry out demonstrations and help raise awareness of safety on land and at sea.The weather did its best to halt proceedings and a number of last minute arrangements had to be made, with breezeblocks becoming a sought-after commodity!Some displays could not take place. The RAF helicopter from Chivenor was diverted to a tragic incident at Bude which saw a five-year-old lose her life.Others, such as the recreation of a chip pan fire and a two-boat gig race, were just not possible.But new exhibitors this year included falconer Jonathon Marshall, who proved a hit with his bird of prey friends. North Devon Animal Ambulance also proved popular, as did the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and RNLI Boat Safety Team."There was little to beat it for value on a wet and windy day in Ilfracombe," said Creydi Nevill from the Round Table."We still saw a reasonable number of people turn up and I had a lot of support from local campsites, who put our leaflets in their welcome packs. "Thanks to all the displayers, and to all who came along to support us on our most important fundraising day."Having an opportunity to climb inside boats and vehicles, set off sirens, meet real-life heroes and see them in action gave a memorable day regardless of the weather.