Canadian visitors unsure how they will get home

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Canadian couple Ron and Rita Baker have been staying in Lyme Regis since late December and are unsure whether they will be able to get home as planned

AN elderly Canadian couple who visit Lyme Regis every year are unsure how they will be able to return home because of the coronavirus restrictions.

Ron and Rita Baker, who are both 88 years old, have been staying in a holiday flat in Ozone Terrace since the end of December. They were both born in Britain but have lived in Ontario, Canada, for 50 years.

Lyme Regis is one of their favourite places to visit because Mrs Baker’s parents honeymooned in the town. They have spent three months in Lyme every year for the past ten years to escape the severe winter in Canada.

Mr and Mrs Baker are hoping they can get a flight back to Ontario on May 31 but they are not sure whether this will be possible because of the lockdown.

They were visited earlier in year before the coronavirus crisis started by their son and daughter, who keep in regular touch with them. They also have a niece who lives in Bampton, Devon.

Mr Baker told LymeOnline: “We are okay, we have made lots of friends but, of course we are not mixing with them at the moment. The local shop has been very kind to us and everyone is very friendly.

“We just don’t know what the situation is about getting home but we are hoping to get on a flight at the end of the month. We would like to come back to Lyme again but we are getting on in years and we will have to see. But we love Lyme Regis.”

Mr and Mrs Baker have been befriended by former mayor Sally Holman who lives at the Cobb and who keeps an eye on the couple to see that they are okay.

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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