Sporting spirit sweeps the nation


WITH the Women’s World Cup, Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup dominating our TV screens and headlines over the past few weeks, it’s been difficult not to get in the sporting mood – and that’s not something I say regularly!

I headed out to Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club on Sunday to watch a friendly against the Big Hammer touring side with some friends.

With England taking on New Zealand in the World Cup final, I think more eyes were glued to their phone screens than on the field in front of them – mine included!

When the game finished we had just enough time to dash across the road to the Talbot Arms to watch the tense super over on the big screen. I’m sure it’ll go down as one of those “where were you?” moments and I heard the Wimbledon final was edge of your seat stuff too.

Even I’ve been inspired to up my health and fitness. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve started running for the first time in probably 10 years, I’ve tried out the new Jurassic Footgolf at Strawberry Field and I’ve upped my swimming.

It seems like lots of you have been making the most of the warmer weather and taking to the water for some sport and recreation… and a few have got a little more than they bargained for.

After Lyme’s resident seal delighted visitors in spring as he sunbathed on the harbour pontoons, we’ve received several reports of rare sightings out in the bay this week.

A few were lucky enough to spot of a pod of dolphins playing with the boats, and stunning video footage of them leaping out of the water stormed social media.

Other creatures spotted this week – and ones I’m less keen on catching a glimpse of – include a large basking shark just outside the harbour and a huge barrel jellyfish.

Not much mackerel though, local fishermen have reported. Could that be a sign of climate change and our oceans warming up?

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the subject, but I was pleased to see Lyme Regis Town Council unanimously agree to declare a climate emergency last week.

It might be difficult to see what a small town council can do to help tackle such a huge global issue, but as campaigners speaking in the public forum of last week’s meeting put it – we all need to do our bit, and by taking a leading role, the town council can encourage our community to play its part.

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