A perfect day to end the summer season

I THINK I’ll be a little lost for things to do this weekend now all of Lyme’s summer events are done and dusted.

Having covered all the major festivals over the past few months, the LymeOnline team finished up with a promotional stand at Food Rocks and it was great to meet so many of our regular readers, and lots of visitors too, telling us how much they loved Lyme Regis and how much they valued having a local newspaper – that’s why we do it!

We had a great weekend sampling all the foodie delights on offer along the seafront and joining Mark Hix and his hard-working team at their two feast nights in the festival marquee.

Sunday was scorching hot and, as well as enjoying the food festival, we cheered on the 200 swimmers taking part in the annual Lyme Splash swimming challenge.

At the end of the afternoon – with my last Black Cow Vodka cocktail of the weekend in hand – I looked out across the sparkling water, catching glimpses of the visiting dolphin playing with the boats and paddle boards – it was a perfect late summer’s day in Lyme and one of those moments when you realise how lucky you are.

For me, that was the last day of the ‘season’ and Monday seemed to prove me right. We popped down the seafront in the morning to pick up our stand – grey, wet and windy with not a soul on the beach. “Summer’s really over now,” I thought.

But now it’s time to get back to my usual Saturday routine for autumn and winter, cheering on the Seasiders with my Dad at the Davey Fort. The club’s First Team have got off to a flying start with an unbeaten run of six matches – a record since they joined the Devon & Exeter League.

Tomorrow (Saturday, September 14) we’re organising a Youth Section Open Day at the fort, welcoming our future Seasiders – who pull on the yellow and black shirt from as young as five – to take part in a special training session with the senior players and walk out with them as mascots ahead of kick-off. Everyone is welcome to come along and show the young players some support.

This week I also enjoyed the National Theatre Live screening of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hysterical ‘Fleabag’ at the Marine Theatre – so popular they’ve had to arrange an encore screening later in the month to accommodate everyone.

There’s plenty more great events coming up at the theatre, with the autumn programme to be launched in October.

So I guess I won’t be too short of things to do after all.

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