THE Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated more than £10,000 to local organisations following this year’s Candles On The Cobb event.
The Rotary Club took over organisation of the unique event for the first time this year, going ahead with the lighting of 5,000 candles around Lyme’s historic harbour despite poor weather.
The event was held at part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and 50 per cent of the proceeds – equating to £5,050 – was donated to the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion earlier this year.
The Rotary Club asked local youth organisations to apply for the remaining 50 per cent, and a further £5,050 has now been split between the following 14 groups: Lyme Regis Sports Development Trust, Lyme Regis Gig Club Juniors, Charmouth Brownies and Rainbows, Lyme Regis Army Cadet Corps, Lym Valley Scout Group, Lyme Regis Football Club (under 12s), Lyme Regis Sea School Trust, X-Plosion Youth Group at Uplyme Church, Lyme Regis Sailing Club, Charmouth Youth Club, The Hub Youth Club, Lyme Regis Pantomime Society, Lyme and Axe Valley Netball Association, and 1st Charmouth Scout Group.
Rotary Club president Peter Fortnam said: “This was our first ‘Candles’ and, despite the weather, we were delighted with the result. To be able to distribute more than £5,000 to local youth causes is very satisfying and makes all the effort very much worthwhile.
“This was a Rotary led project, but it just shows what can be achieved when the whole community gets together and helps out. Thanks to all this combined effort we were able to make donations to the deserving groups.”