Top 10 Most Read – find out what Lyme Regis is talking about this week

IN the week that the much-anticipated ‘Ammonite’ film was finally released in the UK, the LymeOnline website welcomed 7,614 visitors.

But what has everyone been reading this week? Don’t get left behind in the local conversation – here’s our top 10 most viewed articles from the past seven days:

regent cinema fire

1) Five years on – will the Regent Cinema ever rise from the ashes? – 907 views

In this special feature, LymeOnline editor Francesca Evans recalls being called out to cover the devastating fire that engulfed the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis, five years ago this week, and asks whether it will ever be rebuilt.


2) Man jailed after attacking woman with knife on coast path – 852 views

This shocking incident, which took place in August 2020, was brought to a close at Bournemouth Crown Court this week, with Vytautas Ausrota, of Plymouth in Devon, jailed for three years.


road closed3) Lyme Regis high street to undergo surfacing work – 728 views

Dorset Council announced that it would be resurfacing Broad Street, Pound Street and Sidmouth Road in Lyme Regis next month. Later in the week, they confirmed that ‘stop-go’ traffic management would be in place rather than a full road closure.


Golden Horizon4) Golden Horizon ship to visit Lyme Regis this summer – 657 views

This stunning sailing ship is expected to arrive in Lyme Regis on August 1 as part of n 11-day cruise around the South West peninsula. We can’t wait to see it in the bay!


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5) Safety concerns may put a stop to events on Lyme Regis seafront roof – 617 views

Town councillors have been discussing whether events should be permitted on the flat roof area above Marine Parade in Lyme Regis, which was recently revamped for £650,000 including the installation of glass panelling – but some are now concerned this is not safe.


6) Dorset Council announces ‘robust plans’ to manage influx of visitors – 588 views

Dorset Council announced it would be spending government funding to help manage the influx of visitors expected this summer, to avoid some of the “undesirable incidents” seen last year, including overcrowding, littering, illegal parking and outdoor ‘toileting’.


Uplyme Road7) Plans to improve pedestrian safety in Uplyme take step forward – 473 views

Uplyme parish councillors are hopeful that proposals to improve pedestrian safety on a section of the B3165 road through the village may come to fruition over the next year thanks to cross-border co-operation. 


Mary Anning in 'Sea Dragon'8) New short film based on young Mary Anning to premiere at festival – 404 views

We shared the trailer of a new short film, Sea Dragon’, based on the groundbreaking discovery of the first ichthyosaur by a young Mary Anning – Lyme Regis’ famous fossil hunter. The film is set to be premiered at the Cleveland Film Festival.


9) How Lyme Regis has fared in a year of lockdowns – 362 views

As the UK marked one year since the first national lockdown was announced, we looked back at how Lyme Regis has fared during the coronavirus pandemic with a reminder of some of the local headlines and a selection of videos from the past 12 months.


Monmouth Beach car park

10) Plans for new harbourmaster’s store at Monmouth Beach delayed – 191 views

Completion of a new harbourmaster’s store at Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis is expected to be delayed until at least July. Planning permission for the industrial-style building has been granted and it will be sited between the public toilets and traders’ car parking area at Monmouth Beach.

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