Record crowds watch the big switch-on!

RECORD crowds descended on Broad Street, Lyme Regis, last Saturday evening for the eagerly-awaited switch-on of the town’s impressive Christmas lights.

The afternoon’s festivities commenced with a Christmas lantern making workshop and competition at Lyme Regis Baptist Church, which also saw a record attendance with more than 120 lanterns made, joined in the judging by many other entrants who made lanterns at home.

Following the judging, the lantern parade made its way down Broad Street, illuminating the thousands of twinkling blue and white LED lights in its wake.

Lyme Regis Majorettes led the parade with a dazzling and energetic routine, followed by the mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, mayoress Wendy Larcombe, town crier Alan Vian and local resident Andrew Hodder, who had been selected to switch on the lights in honour of his fundraising efforts for Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee.

At the bottom of Broad Street there were cheers and gasps of wonder from the thousands of excited onlookers as the stunning Christmas tree was illuminated.

Lyme Luggers ukulele band entertained the crowds at Bell Cliff before the parade and Lyme Morris added to the festive atmosphere.

Rob James from Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere in Broad Street, it was wonderful to see so many families and children coming into the town to take part in the switch on, we could not have asked for a better turnout.

“The committee is delighted with the incredibly positive response it has received both in person and on social media with thousands commenting, sharing and liking content relating to the display, which makes all our work during the past 12 months worth it.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors Lyme Bay Holidays, Swim, St Austell Brewery and Toad Hall Cottages for their support along with many other local businesses, the town council, Rotary Club, Penn Farm for donating the tree, Judith Pothecary for sponsoring the lantern competition and members of the local community who have generously contributed to our fundraising efforts”.

The lights will continue to twinkle until the first week of January, taking the town into a bright and colourful New Year.

Watch our video coverage below of the Christmas lights switch-on. For more videos of local events, visit the LymeOnline Sights & Sounds channel.

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