Christmas season to get underway with the big switch on

Photo by Richard Austin

WIDELY regarded as one of the best displays in the South West, Lyme Regis’ impressive Christmas lights will be switched on on Saturday, December 1.

Improving the town’s Christmas lights display was an ambition of six times Mayor of Lyme Regis, the late Barbara Austin MBE. She formed a small committee who worked tirelessly with her to ensure that Lyme Regis had one of the best displays for miles around.

When Barbara died at the end of 2012, the committee decided to carry on her work and, under the guidance of chairman Christine Lovell, they have continued to raise thousands of pounds each year to keep Barbara’s legacy alive.

For this year’s big switch on, children are invited to join in the Christmas lantern workshop in Lyme Regis Baptist Church Hall from 3pm, or bring along your pre-made creations for judging at 4.30pm.

The annual Christmas Lantern Parade will follow, including Lyme Regis Majorettes and Father Christmas, setting off down Broad Street at 5.15pm with the displays across the street lighting up as it passes.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, will then light up the main focal point, the Christmas tree at the bottom of Broad Street in 5.30pm.

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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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