THERE’S no fighting it any longer – Christmas gets underway in Lyme Regis this weekend.
Strings of lights have been popping up in Broad Street for the past week and the massive Christmas tree has stood stoically in The Shambles, battered by wind and rain, ready for the big switch on tomorrow (Saturday). Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the weather improves.
The switch-on of the Christmas lights has always been one of my favourite events to cover. The late Barbara Austin MBE would oversee the festivities with her usual gusto and the voluntary committee have continued her hard work to ensure Lyme has a display it can be proud of every year.
The illuminations now have a reputation for being among the best in the South West, with visitors flocking to town to enjoy Lyme under the twinkling lights.
November has been a busy month in the LymeOnline office as we put together the Christmas edition of our popular Lyme Life Magazine, which is now out and available to pick up for free at various local outlets.
It includes the ultimate guide to Christmas shopping in and around Lyme Regis – everything from the Christmas turkey to unique gifts for friends and family – plus special features on upcoming Christmas events, a festive food and drink section and your chance to win a Christmas hamper worth £100!
If you haven’t got your copy yet, look out for the LymeOnline stand at the switch-on of the Christmas lights, where we’ll be handing them out.
You can never be at a loss for things to do in Lyme Regis during the Christmas period. Just take a look at our ‘Christmas in Lyme’ special on pages 10 & 11 of the latest LymeOnline edition, choc-a-block with festive fun for all the family!
But enough about Christmas for now… looking through the pages of this week’s LymeOnline, it struck me how much we have to be proud of and celebrate no matter what time of year.
B Sharp’s auction of Ian Gillan memorabilia raised a whopping £11,000, Mrs Ethelston’s in Uplyme has been listed among the top schools in the country and we even have our own BAFTA winner in town!
At a recent conference I attended on the future of local journalism, one of the speakers said, “The best thing about community journalism is that you get to write about people you know – and the worst thing about it is that you get to write about people you know.”
I couldn’t agree more, but this week is definitely one to celebrate the best things!