THIS year’s Regatta and Carnival Week has been hailed a huge success with record numbers attending events and more than £12,000 raised for local good causes.
Following a joint firework display with Lyme Regis RNLI, the week kicked off with one of the longest ever torchlight processions, with hundreds of torchbearers making their way through Langmoor and Lister Gardens and on to the sandy beach where a giant circle of light was formed.
A week of events followed designed to entertain residents and visitors alike, including welly wanging, egg catching, a dog show, candles down the river, duck race, treasure and scavenger hunts, a junior town crier competition, top bins football challenge, pavement art and much more before the grand carnival procession.
Music and entertainment were provided throughout the week by WeFunk, Uplyme Gospel Choir, The Phantom Pianist and Asha, Lyme Regis Town Band, Slinky Machine, Lym Rhythm Kings and Hidden.
For the first time this year, the entire programme of events was promoted via the carnival website and social media rather than a traditional printed programme, and organisers said this had been a great success as more people were aware of what was going on.
More than 10,000 people accessed the carnival website over a two-week period with hundreds booking events online.
Rob James, a member of the Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee, said: “We are extremely pleased with how the Carnival Week went, from the amazing spectacle of seeing so many torchbearers at the start of the week to the fantastic atmosphere in town for the procession which was a glorious parade of music, dance and colour with some wonderfully creative outfits on show.
“It was so good to see so many people out having fun and enjoying themselves and we are delighted with huge amount of positive feedback we have received.”
Chairman of the Regatta and Carnival Committee, Alan Vian, added: “It was a challenge organising all these events with a committee of four people and I would like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came along to help, without volunteers carnival week would not happen.
“I’d like to mention Annette, Jacob and Joshua Denning in particular who were ever present throughout the week.
“I’d also like to thank our primary sponsor Lyme Bay Holidays and all the other brilliant local businesses who supported carnival this year.
“We are already planning next year’s event and we’d love to see more people from the local community get involved, so whether you can offer us a few hours of your time or would like to be involved throughout the week, please get in touch via our website or social media.”
Next year, Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week will take place from Saturday, August 6 to Saturday, August 13. For more information, visit lymeregiscarnival.co.uk or search for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival on Facebook.