LIFEBOAT crews in Minehead are to hold their own version of television’s Bake Off where passionate amateur bakers compete with each other.

It will be part of a day of fun on Saturday (June 29) to help celebrate the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) 200th anniversary.

The annual open day at Minehead Lifeboat Station, which runs from noon to 4pm, will also feature shanty singers, crew demonstrations, a cake stall, and children's games.

Visitors can put their cake decorating skills to the test for the RNLI Bake Off competition, which is free to enter and has two categories for adults and under-16s with the theme being the bicentenary of the charity.

Cakes can be a simple sponge as it will be the decoration that makes an entry the showstopper and possibly the ‘Star Baker’.

A spokesperson said: “We are encouraging visitors to meet crew and see the kit we use to ‘Save Lives at Sea’.

“Visitors can enjoy tours hosted by our dedicated visits team to see the new boathouse and our equipment.

“This year’s event will have a number of attractions and be crowned by a demonstration of our lifeboats and some shanty singing by the crew, who are becoming well known for their performances.”

The RNLI depends on public support to fund the expense of running its vital life saving equipment.

In the past three years, Minehead lifeboat crews have completed more than 100 rescues and have been credited with saving at least 10 lives.