What a way to start the New Year!

CHRISTMAS and New Year seems to pass by quicker every year. Weeks and weeks of build-up and then it’s all over in a flash.

As I wrote in my last column before the Christmas break, my family and I spent the holiday in Galway, visiting my sister and her husband. Galway is a lively, social city full of festive cheer.

The streets were absolutely packed with shoppers during the last few days before Christmas, and Salthill Prom was full of families on Boxing Day – or St Stephen’s Day as it’s better known in Ireland – walking off the turkey with many children taking their new scooters and bikes out for a spin. I’m sure it was a similar sight on Lyme’s seafront.

Talking about packed crowds, have you ever seen Lyme so busy on New Year’s Day?

I left home and made my way along the River Lim to the start of the duck race just before 12noon and couldn’t quite believe the hoards of people heading in the same direction.

It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen for a duck race and, walking down to the seafront afterwards for the annual Lyme Lunge, it just seemed to get busier and busier! The crowds must have rivalled those seen on Red Arrows Day.

What a great way to kick off 2019 – glorious sunshine and 600 swimmers splashing around in the sea.

I waded out in my wellies to take some photos but that’s as far as it went. More than one person joked, “you’ll have to go in next time!” Maybe one year but no promises!

Dad and I met for lunch after the Lunge but decided it would be near impossible to get in anywhere along the seafront so we headed back into town and grabbed the last free table at the Pilot Boat.

It must have been a great start to the year for Lyme’s traders with some reports of restaurants even running out of food as they were caught off guard by the number of visitors. Let’s hope it’s an early sign of another successful season.

Of course, such busy days take a toll on Lyme’s infrastructure, with the age-old problem of parking debated on social media once again. But with Christmas holidays now coming to a close, residents can take a breather during Lyme’s quietest period of the year.

The town really has become an all-year-round resort but January and February seem to be the most peaceful months.

If you’re looking for things to keep you busy, take a look at our What’s On section, regularly updated with all the upcoming events, or you can even browse our directory of Local Organisations if you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby!

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