Candles on the Cobb to return to Lyme Regis in 2018

THE spectacular Candles on the Cobb will return to Lyme Regis in 2018. Candles on the Cobb at Lyme Regis

The event, when thousands of candles illuminate the historic Cobb, will be held on 26 August.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has taken on the running of the event, which was last held in 2015.

Founded by friends Mike Higgs and Phil Street, Candles on the Cobb has raised over £130,000 for local youth groups and national charities since the first event was held in 2000.

The committee announced last year the organisation was closing down after 16 years of raising funds for good causes.

The rotary club has now stepped in to revive the popular event, which has helped raise the profile of Lyme Regis and benefit the community.

Rotarian Peter Fortnam, who will lead the organising team and is next year’s club president, said: “It is planned to run the seventh candles event on August 26th, 2018.

“The focus of our effort will be to continue the tradition established by the original committee of helping local youth and other charities, as well as rotary charities.

“We will also be remembering that World War I ended 100 years ago in 2018 and to this end, the Royal British Legion will be one of the beneficiaries of the funds raised from the event.

“It will be a hard act to follow, but we will rise to the challenge and ensure that the spirit of the original ‘Candles’ is not extinguished, but shines on.

“Candles has raised over £130,000 for local and other charities, but it has also captured the imagination, not only of the people of Lyme Regis, but worldwide.

“We have had lots of constructive input and encouragement from the original committee and we hope that other Lyme Regis organisations will support us when the event is staged. We want to keep it fun, keep it local and keep it going.”