AN ANNUAL celebration of folk had its 'best ever' year after a brilliant three days of music, dancing and activities around a town.

Lyme Folk Weekend included three sell-out headline shows at the Marine Theatre, along with three full days of free entertainment on the seafront and in other venues.

Festival director Jeremy Hayes was in no doubt it was the best Lyme Folk Weekend in the event’s six-year history, and was thankful that the sun shone nearly all weekend.

Mr Hayes said: "We were so lucky with the weather. It made all the difference with the outdoor events on Marine Parade and it was great to see people in such large numbers enjoying the entertainment.

"There was so much talent on show - some amazing local people, and also some hugely talented visitors, including our newest friends, The Lost Quays, who came all the way from Fremantle, Australia, and were such a big hit with the audience on the seafront.

"It’s lovely to see groups like The Lost Quays, who have a huge reputation in Australia, performing alongside our own singers like Harbour Voices. There seemed to be a real connection between the two groups which I hope will last a long time.

"We are grateful to the people of Lyme Regis who gave our visiting acts such a warm welcome, and also to the council, who this year gave us a little help with the financing of the free events."