Virtual Easter Bonnet Parade lifts spirits

easter-bonnet-paradeWITH Lyme Regis’ traditional Easter Bonnet Parade unable to go ahead yesterday due to the coronavirus epidemic, organisers hosted a virtual version of the event instead. 

A Easter Bonnet Parade has been held in the town every Easter Sunday since the 1990s, weather permitting, but due to social distancing measures could not go ahead yesterday.

Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee instead encouraged children and adults to make bonnets at home and send in a photo to create a virtual parade.

The entries were judged by Philip and Francesca Evans of LymeOnline, with Belle Hallett’s towering ‘NHS Heroes’ theme hat winning the overall prize.

The full list of entries and winners (in order of appearance in the video) was as follows:

Ages 0-5 – Morris, 6 months; Ivy Mae, 1; Amelia, 2; Lyana, 2; Reuben, 2; Esmae, 3; Jaygo, 3; Morgan, 3; Oliver, 3; Alfie, 4; Sienna-Jo, 4; Arya, 4; Reg, 4 (winner); Nimah, 4; Coralie, 5.

Ages 6-10 – Charlie, 6; Max, 6; Charlie, 6; Austin, 7; Maya, 7; Poppy, 7; Annaliese, 7; Emilia, 7 (winner); Eleanor, 9; Frida, 9.

Ages 11-16 – Belle, 12 (winner & overall winner); Erin, 12; Millie, 12; Joshua, 16.

Adults – Annette Denning; Fran Swan; Jayne Hutchings; Anita Williams; Paul Oakley; Stan Williams; Kate Rattenbury
Vince Rattenbury (joint winner); Ashley Ball; Nigel Ball; Karen Ball (joint winner).

Dogs – Pebbles; Marley (winner).

Watch the virtual parade below…

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