This year’s carnival has been hailed a success after more groups than ever took part in the procession.

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival kicked off immediately after the town’s lifeboat week on August 3 with a joint firework display on the Cobb.

A week of events entertained visitors and residents alike and included a water polo competition, welly wanging, a dog show, candles down the river, treasure and scavenger hunts, a junior town crier competition, a Lego challenge, pavement art and much more before the procession on Saturday.

Music and entertainment was provided throughout the week by the Rock Choir, Uplyme Gospel Choir, Lyme Regis Town Band and Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club.

An open-air cinema was also set up in the gardens and showed Top Gun and Wallace and Gromit.

The torchlight procession on the Thursday evening was unfortunately cancelled, along with the Gig Club Regatta, a performance from the Lyme Regis Majorettes and live music from Declan Duffy, but this did not dampen the carnival spirits.

Alan Vian, a member of the Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee, said: “We are very pleased with how the carnival went. Sadly, we had to cancel a couple of events because of the weather but it didn’t detract from the overall feel of the carnival week.

“We had a great procession with more groups than every before – there were 14 different groups taking part.

“There weren’t so many people about, we think they may have been put off by the weather forecast, but I am sure those there had a great time.

“It was a committee of five people running the Lyme Regis Carnival and Regatta Week and to put on so many events is amazing.

“We are very grateful to all those who helped with events, the town council and businesses.”

Next year, Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week will take place from Saturday, August 1 to Saturday, August 8.

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