Cruise ships books selling fast as we are dubbed the 'South of France'

Torbay Weekly

Books and calendars showing contributed photographs of the Bay's cruise ship visitors are selling fast - as one of the officers on board describes the English Riviera as like the 'South of France'.

The books were the brainchild of Torquay woman Caroline Sleeman with the aim of raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

She says: "We are over £2,000 and want to see if we can get up to nearer £2,500 or even £3,000."

The local RNLI is selling them on a Friday night at a craft evening at Paignton harbour. They are also available at the Ocean Blue Art Studio, Poppys gifts and kitchen ware shop near the Strand and the Quay Reflections Coffee Lounge at  Torquay harbour. They can  also be bought from

Caroline has received a 'lovely' thankyou letter from Second Officer Robert Waite, of the Arcadia

"Although we're very fortunate to see some of the most spectacular coastal locations over the world, we're becoming  very fond of Tor and Lyme Bay and with the recent change in the weather it's starting to feel a little like the South of France."