This summer's Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival has resulted in a record £11,400 being donated to the town's RNLI boathouse appeal.

The huge sum was the result of the festival's Beat Betty competition which sees shanty groups compete to try and exceed the amount raised by Skinners Brewery mascot Betty Stogs, who this year collected a staggering £6,000.

John Warren, one of the festival's organisers, said: "We are greatly thankful for the efforts of Betty and all the shanty groups who worked so hard to achieve this amount of money for Falmouth Lifeboat's Appeal and of course for the festival goers who gave so generously.

"The event now costs in the region of £40,000 to stage each year and without the unfailing support of all our sponsors would not be possible. To this end we are embarking on a number of fundraising evenings around the town the first of which will be on November 17th at Palacio Lounge on The Moor."

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm will feature performances by The Pirates of St Piran, Falmouth Shout and Oll an Gwella and promises to be a memorable and fun night out with a huge raffle.