LYME Regis Cobb will shine once again as a popular event lights up.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has announced Candles on the Cobb will be returning next August.

Traditionally, the charity-supporting night sees tealight candles positioned around the harbour and covered by plastic beakers.

The event will take place on Sunday, August 28 and will be the first time it has been able to go ahead since 2018.

Candles on the Cobb is traditionally held every three years but was unable to go ahead this year due to the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic.

The event was created by former Lyme Regis Town Crier, Phil Street, and then deputy harbour master, Mike Higgs, in 2000. In 2018, Mr Street and Mr Higgs decided they would no longer put on the event and it was taken up by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.

Over the years Candles on the Cobb has raised around £150,00 for local charities and causes.

Next year more than 5,000 candles will be ignited once again to light up the historic Cobb harbour and each candle will be available for members of the public to sponsor.

A spokesman for the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis said: "One of the most spectacular events in the south west summer calendar will be back next year taking place next August.

"It will be particularly poignant this time after the traumatic effect of the last two years where it had to be delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Next year again over 5,000 candles will be lit to light up the famous and historic Lyme Regis Cobb harbour and each candle will be available for members of the public to sponsor - perhaps in memory of loved ones."

This will be the eighth instalment of the event, having been previously held in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2018.

The last Candles on the Cobb event in 2018 was held to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and in addition to the thousands of candles on the Cobb saw an illuminated red poppy placed on the sand on the beach.