LYME Regis has been given a facelift in recent months. After weeks of construction work and road closures, the town is finally starting to emerge from the scaffolding that has encased it over the winter season.
As I walked down Broad Street this week, at least three local businesses were sprucing up their shop frontages as they prepare for the coming season, the road works were nearing an end and we’ve been given the first glimpse of what the new Rock Point Inn will look like when it opens its doors in March, with a blue colour scheme and hand-painted signage set to make a striking addition to the high street.
Having ditched its familiar pebble dash, our new-look tower at St Michael’s Parish Church has finally been revealed, and the Guildhall has also been given a stripped-back look with white paint removed from the stonework so it can now be admired as was originally intended.
Essential resurfacing work on the flat roof above the Amusement Arcade, Antiques & Craft Centre and SWIM has got off to a “better than expected” start, councillors were told last week.
And even our beaches have undergone repair and replenishment having taken a battering in this winter’s storms – although I’m not sure we’re quite over the worst of that as we await Storm Ciara this weekend.
After all the disruption over winter, traders will be keen to get those tills ringing during the upcoming half term break, and they’ll be given a boost by the Totally Locally Fiver Fest campaign, promoting the ‘shop local’ ethos.
The campaign will see independent shops, cafés and other businesses up and down the country promoting £5 special offers from February 15 to 29, with more than 20 already signed up to take part in Lyme Regis thanks to local organiser Belinda Bawden.
Keep an eye out for full announcements and a map showing businesses that are taking part.
So as Lyme emerges from its winter hibernation, why not take this chance to explore your local high street – you might be surprised at what you can find!