Coronavirus pandemic continues to hit Lyme’s major events

A lantern parade held during last year’s Fossil Festival

MAJOR events in Lyme Regis continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with tighter restrictions on social distancing now being enforced again. 

The town’s calendar of major events and festivals, which usually pulls in thousands of visitors every year, was completely decimated as the virus first started to take hold in the UK in March.

One of the first events to be postponed was Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. One of the leading science events in Dorset, it was initially set to be held in May and then postponed until October, but organisers have now had to pull the 2020 festival completely.

Lyme Regis Development Trust, which organises the Fossil Festival, released the following statement: “We’re really sorry to have to say that due to so many things out of our control, we have decided to postpone the event due in late October again until the first weekend of May in 2021.

“We had thought that by now, things would’ve changed much for the better, but sadly we are all still very much restricted on what we can do. Given the recent worrying rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK it’s probably for the best.

“We are hugely disappointed that we’ve had to make this decision, but as I’m sure you’ll understand, the safety and health of everyone involved with the festival is our primary concern.

“Assuming the situation is a lot better in May next year, we’ll be going ahead as usual in lovely Lyme Regis…bigger, better and stronger.”

However, organisers are now planning to host a virtual version of the festival over the weekend of October 25 and 25, featuring videos from some favourite exhibitors, organisations and speakers. Full details will be announced on the Fossil Festival website

Jazz Jurassica was another major event that had to be pulled back in May.

As well as the annual spring music festival, organisers had been planning a series of monthly events at the Marine Theatre during autumn, but these have now also had to be cancelled with the theatre not planning to full re-open until next year.

A spokesperson for Jazz Jurassica said: “We know that many of you will be disappointed – so are we. We’re upset that we can’t bring you the exciting programme of music we’d planned. And we’re sad for the talented musicians who won’t now have the opportunity to perform.”

Those who have already purchased tickets for events will be automatically refunded.

Organisers are now looking forward to monthly jazz nights at the Marine Theatre from April 2021 and details will be announced soon on the Jazz Jurassica website

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