12th August 2009
Fun and frolics for all the family at Lyme Carnival Week
By Tom Glover
THERE was something for everyone during Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival week - from sandcastles and duck races to cream teas and live music.
The highlight was the Saturday night procession but events throughout the week kept everyone entertained and the fundraising going.
Despite a wet start to the week children still managed to have a go at pavement art and crab catching on Monday before the adults took to the streets in the evening for the wheeled derby.
After an eventful race Ollie Dixon and Greg Walters crossed the line first, one of few teams to get a drink at the Cobb Arms after the third team home smashed into the table of plastic glasses.
The celebrations continued each day with events running into the evening with live music in the shelters every night.
As the sun began to shine more and more people came out to enjoy the week’s events. Jemima Williams, Loretta Magennis and the Partridge family were winners of the sand structures competition on the beach and over 140 people turned out to take part in the treasure hunt dig.
Tea and music at the Alexandra Hotel attracted a different audience and Bear Boat racing at the Cobb took the events to sea.
Some of the other highlights of the week were the world pebble balancing championships won by 10-year-old Emma Bird, the hotly contested junior town crier competition held at the shelters and the fancy dress parade and competition.
There were also regular attractions each day with the shelters mural being re-painted,balloon racing and old Lyme ghost tours from the Philpot Museum.
The events came to a close on Sunday with an early afternoon duck race followed in the evening by the final event, a barn dance on the prom with entertainers Ivor Hyde and Holly Chapman.
All of the events were well supported and attracted participation from many holidaymakers as well as local people.
Regatta and Carnival committee secretary Alan Vian said: “We are enormously grateful to the hard-working committee, some of whom took a week’s holiday to run the events, and to the many local people and businesses who supported us.
“So many holidaymakers seemed to have enjoyed themselves as families having fun together – they took the trouble to come and tell us so – and they have already committed themselves to booking a holiday here next year.”
HIPPY CHICKS - Imogen Hawkins and Paula Manita in the fancy dress
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