Wonka filming helped to boost Lyme Regis harbour funds

Timonthée Chalamet as Willy Wonka and Matt Lucas in costume on the Cobb in Lyme Regis (photo by Richard Austin)

THE filming of Hollywood movie ‘Wonka’ in Lyme Regis last year has helped to boost the town’s harbour budget.

Figures revealed last week showed that the harbour team expects to transfer £55,000 from its operating profit into reserves, boosting the figure held in that account to around £164,000.

The boost in income for the year was attributed by harbourmaster James Radcliffe to the filming fees, as well as increased harbour-side car park income, new shop income, extra visiting boats and kayak storage fees.

At West Bay, the end of the year expenditure figure is expected to be £36,000 higher than planned, although £8,800 in profit is due to be transferred to the reserves fund at the end of the financial year, putting that total up to £33,000.

Income is being shown as £19,000 due to increases in car park income, shop sales and overnight stays.

Both harbours have, however, suffered additional costs during the year with the breakdown of machinery, higher electricity charges and extra payments for supplies and services.

At Lyme Regis there were also additional costs to refurbish the harbour office and convert part of the space into a shop.

By Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins

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