HUNDREDS of people turned out for this year's Rescue Day in Ilfracombe, despite the drizzle.
The event nearly did not go ahead this year after Ilfracombe Round Table took a break from running the day.
But volunteers from Ilfracombe Marketing Group, Marnie Quy and Barbara Clarke, stepped forward to keep the event running.
Emergency services from all over the region gathered to put on events and displays for the public.
There were displays from the RNLI's all-weather lifeboat, beach lifeguards, Exmoor Search and Rescue, a chip pan fire demonstration, a rescue by RAF Chivenor's Seaking helicopter and much more.
Dave Gammon has been a rescue officer with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 40 years and was at the event today.
He said the organisation are looking to recruit more volunteer members which he was hoping to spread the word about.
"We have 11 crew members and eight are needed for a call out," he said. "The more people we have in the team the more cover we have."
Pat Redwood, from Exmoor Search and Rescue, said Rescue Day gives people the chance to find out more about the work the emergency services do.
"There are a few people here but it is not as good as it could have been because of the weather," she added. "But the stall is creating a bit of interest and we like to show our faces where we can."
David Blackmore, district manager of the South and West St John Ambulance, said it is a shame the weather wasn't better for the marketing group's first year.
"It is really sad for them," he said. "Then again maybe people aren't here because of finances."
But Mike Killoran, emergency planning officer at South West Ambulance Service, said the day always proves popular with children.
"There have been lots of children asking great questions and having a go at resuscitation," he said.
"That is the most important thing - for people to find out what things look like and feel like."
Phil and Heather Estall, from Ilfracombe, came to the event with their grandson, Henry Collins, 3 from Staines.
"Me and Henry saw the dolphin just now, which was fantastic," said Phil.
Proceeds from the event will go to Ilfracombe RNLI.
Committee member and box secretary, Angie Sendell, said the RNLI rely on such events and donations from the public to survive.
"The weather has actually been on our side today," she said. "Because we are undercover it has brought people in.
The choosing of Ilfracombe's carnival queen and attendants also took place during the day.
The queen will be Angela King and her attendants will be Flora Braund and Charley Brocklesby.