Next Candles on the Cobb moved to 2022

Candles on the Cobb 2018 (photo by Ben Kapur)

CANDLES on the Cobb, which was next due to take place in August 2021, has been put off for another year due to a clash of local events.

In preparing the town diary for 2021, Lyme Regis Town Council noted that there was a clash of events on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with both Candles on the Cobb and the annual Lyme Folk Weekend scheduled to take place.

As organisers of the folk festival had already entered into a number of commitments for the 2021 festival, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, which now organises Candles on the Cobb, offered to move their event to the same weekend in 2022.

This means Lyme Folk Weekend will not be held on its usual date of the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2022. The festival was not held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Candles on the Cobb is a spectacular and unique fundraising event in which thousands of tea-light candles are used to light up the historic Cobb harbour, with members of the public sponsoring candles in memory of loved ones.

Originally established by local fundraisers Phil Street and Mike Higgs in 2000, the event was taken over by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in 2018, after the previous committee stood down, having raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years.

The event is held on an ad hoc basis rather than annually, but always attracts huge crowds to the town.

When it was last held in 2018, it raised more than £10,000 for local organisations and the Royal British Legion, despite being hit by poor weather conditions.

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