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Tales of a traveller
A FORMER West Dorset marine tour guide turned jetsetter will be publishing an autobiography of his experiences.
He would spend every summer season, from the start of May until the end of September, working on the Cobb and would then travel around the world during the winter until he left Lyme Regis in 2001.
The autobiography, called A Limey from Lyme, has been a labour of love for Mr Herbert, as it has taken 25 years to chronicle all of his experiences.
Even though Mr Herbert moved away more than 10 years ago, he still considers himself a Lyme Regis man and the town was integral to the idea of his book.
He said: “I loved living and working in Lyme Regis. It is a really special place and I still talk to my friends who live in the area. When I was working there in the summer and travelling in the winter I had the best of both worlds.
“When I first went travelling, I was stopped by the police in America for hitchhiking and they found it quite amusing I was from Lyme Regis, because they call us ‘limeys’. After he sent me on my way the idea about writing down my experiences came into my head.”
In the 25 years he has travelled, Mr Herbert has set foot on every continent apart from Antarctica, but said his favourite places were the Americas.
Mr Herbert added: “The Americas were great and every time I went there I had a brilliant time, I don’t think I have any bad memories.
“One of the main things that fascinated me was the connection between Lyme Regis and the US, even before World War Two when American GIs were based in Lyme.
“It always reminded me a little bit of Lyme and I think that is why it’s my favourite place.”
His autobiography is currently going through the proofreading stage but he said he expects it to be published early in 2014.
For more information on his autobiography or to keep up to date with his progress visit his Facebook page facebook.com/a-limey-from-lyme