‘Under Shady Tree’ called off because of snow

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Local historian Ken Gollop pictured on a fishing boat

ONE of Lyme Regis’ most popular annual events – the “Under Shady Tree” reminiscences of local historian Ken Gollop, due to be held at the Woodmead Halls on Sunday afternoon, has been called off because of the heavy snow.

Lyme-born Mr Gollop, a former boatman and town councillor,  has been giving the talk and popular side show to sell-out audiences for 25 years and this was due to be his last one.

But with two inches of snow having fallen in Lyme over the past few hours and a blizzard expected later in the day, the decision has been made to postpone the event until another date.

The talk is named after a tree in Anning Road where youngsters in the 1940s gathered as a meeting place.

The Rotary Club quiz night, Friends of the Museum talk about Agatha Christie and tonight’s weekly bingo session at Woodmead Halls has also been  called off.

Town council offices, the Tourist Information Centre and several Broad Street shops have shut for the day.

Local kids are enjoying a day off from school, sledging down Queen’s Walk, Hill Road and Bumpy Field at Middle Mill.

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