Scaled back Somers Day celebrations for twinners

Members of Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association gather at the statue of Sir George Somers

LYME Regis’ twinning links with Bermuda were celebrated this week despite coronavirus putting a stop to the usual events.

Lyme Regis has been twinned with St George’s in Bermuda since 1997 and every year a party from the island visits Lyme Regis for Somers Day in July.

Somers Day celebrates Admiral Sir George Somers, a former mayor of Lyme Regis who founded Bermuda after being shipwrecked on the island in 1609, on his way to the new English colony of Jamestowne in America.

Events usually include a parade through the town, flag raising ceremony on the end of the Cobb, a lunch and church service at Whitchurch Canonicorum, which was Somers’ hometown.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the party from Bermuda could not visit Lyme Regis this year and the usual events were cancelled. But flags were still raised at the end of the Cobb and members of the twinning association gathered at the statue of Sir George in Langmoor Gardens for a short speech by chairman John Dover.

They then gathered at the Woodmead Halls for a socially-distanced cream tea and virtual link-up to friends in Bermuda, shown on the big screen, during which both the mayors of St George’s and Lyme Regis made speeches extolling the importance of continued friendship between the two towns.

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