Lighting volunteers needed for Candles on the Cobb

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Lyme's historic harbour will be lit by 5,000 candles this August. Photo by Richard Austin

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help set up and light candles for the spectacular Candles On The Cobb in Lyme Regis, to be held on Sunday, August 26.

The unique fundraising event will return this year under the organisation of the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, and will see the historic Cobb harbour lit up with 5,000 candles, each sponsored by members of the public in memory of the loved one.

The event will be held as part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and proceeds will be split between the Royal British Legion and local youth causes.

Organisers are now looking for volunteers to help set up and light candles, preferably in teams of three, but individuals and pairs are still welcome to come forward. Lighting volunteers must be aged 16 or over.

There will be a briefing session for volunteers at Lyme Regis Power Boat Club on Monmouth Beach, 7pm for a 7.15pm start on Friday, August 17. A full instruction sheet will be handed out at this event. Only one member of each team needs to attend this briefing.

Volunteers will then be required to collect their lighting packs on Sunday, August 26 from the harbour slipway between 5.45pm and 6pm, and start lighting at 8pm.

On a given signal, teams will later return to their candles, extinguish them and pack all the rubbish into black sacks when it is safe to do so. Care must be taken to ensure that no litter enters the sea or harbour.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Rotarian Jim Mosley by emailing for further details.

Any clubs or organisations that have volunteered to help are also asked to get in touch to advise how many members will be attending on the night.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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