Forget summer, it’s just three months until the switch on!

IT may have been one of the hottest weekends of the year, but one group of fundraisers were looking ahead to Christmas over the recent Bank Holiday.

With just three months to go until the big switch on, Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee is hard at work raising funds for the £12,000 display, which has grown a reputation for being among the best on the south coast in recent years.

A beach stall in the Marine Parade shelters, including bric-a-brac, toys, homemade cakes and more, raised £880 on Saturday, August 24 and organisers would like to thank all those who supported the event.

The next fundraising event will be a special evening with award-winning local photographer Richard Austin.

Richard is the son of the late Barbara Austin MBE, who was instrumental in raising funds and revitalising the town’s previously tired-looking Christmas decorations, paving the way for the excellent illuminations seen in recent years.

He will be sharing some fascinating and engaging stories about his illustrious 35-year career as a professional news and sports photographer, as well as showcasing some of his work, covering everything from the royal family to his famous wildlife shots.

The event will be held at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis on Friday, September 20 from 7.30pm. Entry costs £3 on the door.

The Christmas Lights Committee will also be selling tickets for a grand raffle to be drawn on Saturday, November 30 – the date of the big switch on.

Prizes include a week in a holiday cottage in Yorkshire, cash prizes of £200 and £100, and three course meals at the Alexandra Hotel and Harbour Inn. Tickets costing just £1 each are now available from The Slipway at the Cobb.

For more details on the Christmas Lights Committee, upcoming fundraising events and the switch on events on November 30, including the annual lantern competition and parade, visit the committee’s new website

Woodmead Halls

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