WATCH: Thousands gather for Lyme Regis Christmas lights switch-on

THOUSANDS braved the Baltic conditions of Storm Arwen for the big Christmas lights switch-on in Lyme Regis. 

The event has become one of the most popular on the Lyme Regis calendar and was even bigger this year, with the traditional lantern parade being extended into a mini Christmas carnival.

Dozens of children and adults made festive Christmas lanterns which were judged in Lyme Regis Baptist Church ahead of the procession.

They were then joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian and Wendy Larcombe, and town crier Alan Vian in a parade down Broad Street.

The procession also included Lyme Regis Majorettes, Lyme Morris, the Fitsteps dancing group led by instructor Sarah Causley, and Father Christmas on his sleigh.

Unfortunately, other mini floats that were scheduled to appear had to cancel due to the high winds, which had left organisers on tenterhooks during the run-up to the event.

But the switch-on went ahead without a hitch, with Father Christmas leading a countdown as thousands gathered around the Christmas tree at the bottom of Broad Street.

The town was lit up in sparkling silver and gold – the third set of lights to be purchased by Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee which will be rotated every year.

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