Candles On The Cobb raises £9,700

Big crowds turned out for the event despite the wet weather (photo by Ben Kapur)

ORGANISERS of this year’s Candles On The Cobb have announced that the unique event raised just over £9,700.

The money raised will be split between local youth causes and the Royal British Legion, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis this year took on organisation of the spectacular event, which usually sees 5,000 candles lit around the historic Cobb harbour, each sponsored by members of the public in memory of loved ones.

Rotarians were faced with terrible weather conditions when the event was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend so not all candles were able to be lit, as waves crashed over the high wall of the Cobb, but the moving fundraiser still attracted huge crowds.

Club President Peter Fortnam praised the club, helpers and sponsors for this “magnificent total raised in spite of all the weather could throw at us right up to the last minute”.

He added: “Special thanks must go to Alan Vian for his outstanding commentary and help all through the run up to the event.”

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