Candles on the Cobb to return in 2022

Candles on the Cobb
Candles on the Cobb has become one of the South West's most iconic events (photo by Ben Kapur)

CANDLES on the Cobb – one of the most spectacular events in the South West’s summer calendar – will return to Lyme Regis next year.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will stage the event on Sunday, August 28 2022 with more than 5,000 candles set to light up the town’s historic Cobb harbour, each available to buy in memory of a loved one.

It is expected to be particularly poignant after the traumatic effect of the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candles on the Cobb was the brainchild of former town crier Phil Street and deputy harbourmaster Mike Higgs and was first staged in 2000. It was held a further five times up until 2015, raising a total of more than £118,000 for national and local charities.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis then took over the organisation of the iconic event and staged it again in 2018, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, when it raised more than £10,000 for the Royal British Legion and local youth organisations.

It was hoped that the event could be held again in 2020 but this was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Further announcements about the 2022 event are expected to be made over the coming months. For the latest information, visit or follow the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis on Facebook.

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