THE annual bonfire and fireworks display in Lyme Regis has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Guy Fawkes Night display was set to take place on Lyme Regis beach on Saturday, November 7, but organisers have now been forced to call it off.
Town crier Alan Vian, who organises the event with his wife Lynne, said: “We are very sad that, after consultation with Lyme Regis Town Council, we have had to cancel the fireworks display which was to be held on November 7 in Lyme.
“We know that in previous years people have travelled for long distances to join with those of us who live in Lyme to see one of the best displays on the south coast.
“The virus has had such an impact on all of us in Lyme and we had hoped to cheer everyone up with the fireworks display. We are hoping for better things in 2021.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated Lyme’s annual calendar of major events and festivals. All major spring and summer events have been cancelled and Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, which was postponed from May until October, has now been pulled for the second time.
There has not yet been any confirmation on whether the usual Christmas events will be going ahead.