IF you go down to The Hub today, you’re sure of a huge surprise!
Whilst the country has been in lockdown, Lyme Regis Development Trust have not only been hatching plans for their forthcoming Fossil Festival – rearranged for October 24 and 25 having been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in May – they’ve also been hatching a rather special new arrival.
Lyme Regis’ newest resident is a four-metre long Tyrannosaurus Rex, living at The Hub in Church Street, and he can’t wait to meet everyone at this year’s festival. It may look a bit scary, but Fossil Festival organiser Jon Doody insists he’s a big softy really!
“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome our fabulously friendly T-Rex to the team,” he said.
“It’s very excited to have a new home in lovely Lyme Regis! It likes nothing more than being with people, especially children. It’s usually very happy and playful and can be quite mischievous, but at the moment it’s a little sad because it doesn’t have a name!”
The Fossil Festival team are launching a competition to find the perfect name for the T-Rex. The rules are quite simple – think of a really catchy name for the dinosaur and draw a lovely picture of it to accompany the name.
The entry with the best name will win a LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex vs Dino-Mech Battle Set, and a LEGO Jurassic World Velociraptor Biplane Rescue Set, worth a total of £100. The winner will also get a special meeting with the T-Rex to have his/her picture taken.
All pictures entered into the competition will also be displayed in The Hub over the Fossil Festival weekend for all the public to see.
The competition is open to all children aged 12 or under who live in Lyme Regis or Uplyme.
Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, entrants can take a photo of their drawing and chosen name and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please keep hold of the original picture for collection later.
Closing date for the competition is July 31 2020.
The T-Rex, which you can watch in action below, will become a regular feature around the town, with appearances over the Fossil Festival weekend and regular shows at The Hub in the near future.
For more details on the upcoming festival, visit www.fossilfestival.co.uk