MARITIME organisations in Lyme Regis were put on show last week as the mayor hosted the town’s annual Civic Day.
Councillor Michaela Ellis and her husband Alan were joined by about 30 dignitaries from across the local area, including mayors, mayoresses and consorts, deputies and council chairman, to show off just a little of what the town has to offer.
The mayor chose to focus on some of Lyme’s leading organisations connected with the town’s seafaring traditions, offering her guests a great day at the seaside in glorious autumn weather.
Meeting at Lyme Regis Bowling Club, the civic guests were greeted with tea and coffee before beginning the day’s activities.
Having been divided into two groups, the visitors spent the morning touring the internationally-renowned Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy on Monmouth Beach, where they were able to take a close look at the current vessels in the workshop, and the Marine Aquarium on the historic Cobb, where Councillor Ellis and her guests were able to enjoy the unique experience of hand-feeding the attraction’s well-trained grey mullet.
A traditional fish and chip lunch, provided by Lyme’s Fish Bar, was enjoyed at the bowling club, followed by a tour of the nearby lifeboat station. Guests learnt about the B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat ‘Spirit of Loch Fyne’ and the crew’s specialist kit and equipment. They were also able to look around inside the lifeboat station and the successful RNLI shop.
Guests returned to the bowling club for tea and homemade cake and a talk by Fran Williams, chief executive of Lyme-based youth music charity B Sharp, and some live entertainment from one of its members, Harvey Causley.