Seasiders host sizzling Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival

Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival
The fifth Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival was held in glorious sunshine at the Davey Fort ground (photo by Max Redwood)
Headline band Guilty Pleasure perform on stage (photo by Ed Mills)

THE fifth Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival has been deemed another huge success for the Seasiders.

Lyme Regis Football Club hosted the annual event at their Davey Fort ground on Saturday, July 16, where revellers enjoyed heatwave weather.

Some 20 locally-made ciders were on offer, along with a Pimm’s tent and other refreshments, and award-winning sausage from Lyme Regis Butchers on the menu.

Festival-goers enjoyed an afternoon of live entertainment, with town crier Alan Vian officially opening the event, followed by the Lyme Luggers ukulele group, folk singer Dorset Phil, young Lyme Regis singer Annabel Davies and bands Ghosts, etc. and Guilty Pleasure.

There was also a raffle, and a bouncy castle and face painting to keep the children entertained.

More than 1,000 people came through the gate over the course of the day and provisional figures show the event made £11,500 for Lyme Regis Football Club, which will help put it on a firm financial footing for the coming season, following the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lyme Regis residents Martin and Teresa Fowler enjoy the day

Lyme Regis Football Club vice-chair and festival organiser Francesca Evans said: “What an amazing day, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

“Thank you to all those who supported the Sausage & Cider Festival, including all our sponsors, staff, volunteers, performers and all those who just came along to soak up the sunshine and have fun. We hope you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to next year.”

Event sponsors included Devon Carpets, The Pop Up Kitchen, Advantage Digital Print, Sonder Digital, LymeOnline, Dorset Blinds, The Vending Shed, Andrew ‘Percy’ Peadon Painting & Decorating, ModArc, Larx Garden Services, Lyme Regis Cottage, Stowford Residential, Causley Cabs, Dent Devils, Challenger Escapes, Lyme Rocks, The Harbour Inn, Hitchcock Plastering, Gardener & Young, Travis Perkins, Alan Ellis Plumbing & Heating, The Old Forge Fossil Shop, Evergreen Energy, the Hitchcock family in memory of Ken Hitchcock, Wally Blackmore and family, Mark Bailey, Paul Barlow, and Neil Ellis.

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