THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, welcomed more than 120 guests to the annual Civic Night on Friday.
Following two years as First Citizen, this was the last major event hosted by the mayor before the town council elections on Thursday, May 2, when Councillor Ellis will be among the 16 candidates seeking election.
More than 120 guests, including the mayor’s family and friends, fellow councillors and many representing local organisations, were announced on arrival at Woodmead Halls by town crier Alan Vian.
They were then greeted by Councillor Ellis and her husband Alan, along with the civic party of deputy mayor, Councillor Steve Miller, deputy mayoress Heather Miller, town clerk John Wright and macebearers Derek Hallett and Paul Oakley.
The Reverend Keith Vivian said grace before guests sat down to a two-course dinner provided by Ali McLoughlin and her team from Dottie Kitchen.
Entertainment was then provided by popular local band DeltaTango7.
During the evening, the mayor presented a cheque for £4,000 to representatives of St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis to go towards the repair of the clock tower, which was chosen as Councillor Ellis’ charity of the year.
A raffle was also held on the night to raise extra funds for the mayor’s charity.