Christmas lights will go ahead – but with no switch-on event

Photo by Richard Austin

LYME Regis’ Christmas lights display will go ahead this year, but due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no switch-on event.

Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee, a group of volunteers who work throughout the year to organise and raise funding for the annual festive lights display, confirmed the plans this week.

Lyme Regis has built up its Christmas lights display in recent years and now has some of the most impressive illuminations on the south coast.

The usual switch-on celebrations attracts hundreds to the town every year, and the Christmas lantern parade has become a favourite event for local children and families to take part in.

New committee chairman Rob James commented: “Lyme has developed a big reputation for its Christmas lights display which illuminates Broad Street and we intend to make this year’s display even better than previous years, bringing some much needed joy amid the gloom of the past few months.

“Unfortunately, with social gathering restrictions likely to be in place for some time, we will not be able to hold a switch-on event or the lantern workshop and parade, but instead we plan to hold a virtual online lantern parade for people to get involved with. Full details will be announced nearer the time.

“Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we’ve not been able to hold our usual fundraising events this year, so we are very much relying on the success of our grand raffle and our business sponsorship which will run again this year.

“We do need the support of the local community to help us raise some of the funds we need and our grand raffle is the best opportunity for people to get behind us to help ensure the town really does twinkle this year.”

There are five great prizes on offer. First prize is a week in a holiday cottage in Rosedale Abbey, Yorkshire, kindly donated by Sharon and Graeme Baxter of the Slipway shop at the Cobb, where raffle tickets are now available to buy.

There are also cash prizes of £200 and £100 donated by local financial advice firm Bright Future Financial and Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, plus a three-course meal at the Alexandra Hotel and a £100 meal voucher for the Harbour Inn.

Tickets cost £1 and are available from the Christmas Lights Committee website or from the Slipway shop by the Cobb.

Local fundraisers Joshua Denning and Andrew Hodder are also selling tickets on behalf of the committee.

Watch last year’s Christmas lights switch-on events:

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