THE Davey Fort home of Lyme Regis Football Club has the most spectacular views over Lyme Bay – but it is also battered by some of the most ferocious weather conditions.
Now, however, the Seasiders’ loyal fans will be protected from the strong winds and heavy rain blowing in from the sea with the arrival today (Tuesday) of 63-seater grandstand.
Up until now, the only shelter available for spectators has been the clubhouse canopy.
The erection of the grandstand represents a £25,000 investment and completes phase two of the club’s ‘Project Fortify’ development plan.
The first phase was the construction of a £60,000 kitchen, which has enabled the club to cater for its own social events and provide catering facilities for those who hire the clubhouse.
Phase three will include improved drainage on the pitch, tarmacking the club car park and the erection of new fencing around the ground.
When completed, the development project will have cost around £140,000, £100,000 of which came from a generous three-year grant from Lyme Regis Town Council with match-funding from the club.
The grandstand, complete with yellow and black seating to match the club colours, and three spaces for wheelchairs, was erected on the southern bank this morning in a matter of minutes, with the ready-built construction being craned into place onto a concrete platform which was laid by former club secretary Martin Edwards and his son Tim, a former player and captain who now assists with coaching of the first team
The club now intend to build a concrete path from the clubhouse to the new stand for easy access by wheelchair users.
The old dugout at the club has also been demolished and is to be replaced by two plastic mobile dugouts.
Watch the grandstand be lifted into place at the Davey Fort: