A new decade and a step back in time

Record crowds were seen at many Christmas and New Year events, including the Lyme Lunge

HAPPY New Year to all our readers and I hope you enjoyed a peaceful Christmas.

‘Peaceful’ – I’m not sure that’s the best word to describe the festive season in Lyme Regis. ‘Packed’ is more like it, with record crowds reported as most of the major events over Christmas and New Year, including the switch-on of the lights back in November, Carols Around the Tree and the Lyme Lunge.

You can see our full coverage of all the festive events in this week’s printed issue of LymeOnline, and please visit our new LymeOnline Sights & Sounds channel on our website for video coverage.

Before we welcomed in the new decade, the Woodroffe School took a step back in time to 1989, as past and present staff and students unearthed a time capsule buried on the school grounds.

It was my last job to cover before the Christmas break and what a great one! It gave me a chance to catch up with many of my old school teachers, but I was also really intrigued to see the items inside the capsule as they were buried during the year I was born.

Amid the posters of favourite 80s pop stars and packaging of household goods of the day, the items I was most interested in were obviously the old newspapers and magazines.

I read a couple of council reports from a copy of the Bridport & Lyme Regis News and a sense of familiarity washed over me. Turns out local politics hasn’t changed all that much in 30 years!

A ‘letter to the future’, written by student Lisa Craddock, also proved interesting reading and it was incredible how spot on some of her predictions were, in particular her concerns about the environment and climate change. I was surprised to read how much of a hot topic this was, even back in 1989.

Speaking of taking a step back in time, Lyme Regis Football Club will be kicking off its 2020 fundraising campaign by paying tribute to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s.

The club will be hosting a Roaring 1920s Ball on Saturday, February 29 – Leap Day. The clubhouse is set to be transformed for this special event with live music and dancing with saxophonist Daniel Costin, a speakeasy-theme cocktail bar, luxury raffle and prizes for the ‘best dressed’.

It’s set to be the party of the decade so don’t miss out!

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About Francesca Evans 1855 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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