Storms fail to dampen carnival spirit

Defying the weather, members of Lyme Regis Power Boat Club take on a tropical theme for the carnival procession

LYME Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee defied stormy weather conditions to pull off another successful week of fundraising events.

The 71st Regatta & Carnival Week started with a bang, as the committee jointly hosted a firework display with the organisers of Lifeboat Week, which had just finished.

Throughout the week, more than 50 events were held with plenty to keep the children entertained, including a teddy bear’s picnic, sand sports, pavement art, treasure hunts and other competitions.

The open air cinema returned to Lister Gardens, screening the 1980s classic ‘Top Gun’ and family friendly ‘Wallace & Gromit’.

Live music was also held on the seafront throughout the week and, on the water, Lyme Regis Sailing Club hosted its annual regatta and Lyme Splash held the only sea water polo championship in the UK.

As stormy weather rolled in during the latter part of the week, some events had to be cancelled, including the torchlight procession and gig club regatta, but the small committee of volunteers managed to go ahead with most of the programme.

The week was topped off with a successful carnival procession on Saturday night, featuring many local organisations and families, Bournemouth Youth Marching Band, Street Heat Samba Band and Lyme Regis Majorettes.

Alan Vian of Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee commented: “We were very pleased with the week despite the inclement weather towards the end.

“The small committee were grateful for the support from individuals who helped organise the events each day and from the support of local businesses and the town council staff.

“It was good to see so many people enjoying their holidays as a family. Many have already booked again for next year’s Carnival Week.”

For more pictures from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week 2019, visit the LymeOnline Photo Gallery

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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