Easter Bonnet Parade to be held virtually for second year

The annual Easter Bonnet Parade has seen entries of all shapes and sizes in recent years

LYME Regis’ annual Easter Bonnet Parade will be held virtually for the second year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The Regatta & Carnival Committee, which organises the event, have said it was with “a great deal of sadness” that the decision was made to cancel the physical parade for the second year running, adding: “We know that many people will be disappointed as this is a very popular event in the Lyme Regis calendar.”

However, the committee is encouraging children and adults to make their own Easter bonnets at home and send in photos for a virtual parade, as happened in 2020. You can watch last year’s virtual parade here.

Would-be participants have until 4pm on Saturday, April 3 to send in their photo entries, either by emailing easter@lymeregiscarnival.co.uk or messaging the Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Facebook page.

Entrants should remember to include the name and age (if under 18) of the person in the photo, plus where the entrant is from.

A photo featuring the entrant wearing the bonnet and a close up of the bonnet would be ideal. You could also send a short video of the entrant parading with their bonnet.

So grab the glue and get creative! Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

The virtual parade will take place at 3pm on Easter Sunday (April 4) on the Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Facebook page with a video featuring all the entrants. The video will also appear on YouTube.

Find out more at lymeregiscarnival.co.uk and facebook.com/lymeregiscarnival

What events will be taking place this year?

The Regatta and Carnival Committee are actively planning Regatta & Carnival Week – one of the town’s biggest events of the year – between August 7 and 14 in compliance with the government’s COVID advice at that time, after it was called off last year.

Other major events which are also set to go ahead include a new food festival, eat:Lyme Regis, on April 24, and Jazz Jurassica over the late May Bank Holiday.

Guitars On the Beach is hoping to go ahead with a COVID-safe version of the event on June 19 – just two days before the government’s target date of lifting all social distancing guidelines.

Lifeboat Week is also expected to be held in July buy no official announcement has yet been made, and Lyme Regis Football Club is hoping to go ahead with its popular Sausage & Cider Festival on July 3.

Organisers of Uplyme Village Fete, which was set to be held on June 12, have cancelled this year’s event.

The LymeOnline website will be regularly updated as event organisers make announcements on this year’s calendar.

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