It’s an electric blue Christmas for Lyme!

Photo by Richard Austin

THERE’S no hiding from it anymore, Christmas time is upon us. Lyme Regis was lit up in electric blue on Saturday – the colour matching the electrifying atmosphere as record crowds piled into Broad Street for the switch-on of another spectacular display.

It was an extra busy weekend for me as I headed back and forth between Lyme, Bath and Bristol on the train, luckily before the strikes got underway, to catch up with friends between covering the local festivities.

And we enjoyed our LymeOnline office party (plus a few friends – there’s only three of us!) with an excellent cocktail-making class and dinner at the Pilot Boat.

So that’s two turkey dinners down… about 10 to go!

As if that wasn’t enough, the festive spirit continued at the golf club on Tuesday evening with a packed wreath-making workshop. I think we all looked a little clueless as we were presented with metal rings, a mound of moss and huge pile of green foliage, but we soon got stuck in.

A few pine cones and a touch of glitter spray later, and I sat back with a glass of mulled wine to admire my work… that was until I saw the spectacular and imaginative creations the other ladies (and one man – kudos to you!) had pulled together.

A few of my former teachers from the Woodroffe School were among those taking part; fortunately not my art teacher, as I don’t think my minimal efforts did much to redeem my D at A-level.

Still, my wreath is proudly hanging on my front door, although I’m not sure it will actually survive Christmas!

While I haven’t found time to start my Christmas shopping yet, I have visited lots of local traders over the past few weeks as I’ve been collecting donations for one of the bigger fundraisers of the year I organise – Lyme Regis Football Club’s annual Christmas Auction, which will be held at the Davey Fort tomorrow (Saturday) from about 7pm – all welcome!

I always start collecting with some trepidation, knowing that the shops are asked to support so many different causes, especially at this time of year, but they always come up trumps and once again we have some top prizes on offer.

There’s no doubt our local traders are a generous bunch and that’s why I’ll be shopping local as much as possible in the run-up to Christmas, as we at LymeOnline and the mayor are advocating.

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About Francesca Evans 2241 Articles
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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