Candles On The Cobb to commemorate First World War anniversary

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Lyme's historic harbour will be lit by 5,000 candles this August. Photo by Richard Austin

THE unique event Candles On The Cobb will return to Lyme Regis this year as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Following the last Candles On The Cobb event in 2015, the organising committee announced they would not be holding the fundraiser again. However, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has now taken on the event with permission of its founders, deputy harbourmaster Mike Higgs and former town crier Phil Street, and help from three of the original team.

The spectacular and moving event will see 5,000 candles lit around Lyme’s historic Cobb wall and harbour, with the public invited to purchase a candle in memory of a loved one. Candles have once again been generously supplied by Quinnell Candles.

Candles On The Cobb will be held on Sunday, August 26 to tie in with a number of events being planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Funds raised will be split between the Royal British Legion and local youth projects.

Candles On The Cobb has been held six times in Lyme Regis – in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015 – attracting huge crowds to the town each time and raising a total of more than £118,000 for national and local charities.

To purchase a candle or for further details about the event, visit the website


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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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