A parade to commemorate a naval hero and politician will be taking place on the coast next week.

The Lyme Regis and St George’s Twinning Association’s Admiral Sir George Somers Commemoration Parade will see dignitaries, visitors from the Bermuda twin town and guests walk through Lyme Regis next Wednesday from 11.15am.

The party will leave from the Pound Street entrance of Langmoor Gardens, through Broad Street to the Cobb. This will be followed by a flag raising and memorial ceremony.

Born in Lyme Regis, Sir George Somers became both a respected politician and a celebrated naval hero but remains best know for discovering Bermuda in 1609.

Sir George and his colleagues were leading the ‘Third Supply Fleet’ on its way to Jamestown, Virginia, to relieve the ailing colony when his flagship, the Sea Venture, was damaged in a hurricane, forcing them to find the first available land to survive.

His heart was buried on the island and his preserved body returned to the Cobb and buried in Whitchurch Canonicorum, where he lived as an adult.