Swashbuckling fun at Lyme Regis play park grand opening

YOUNG pirates took control of their ship as Lyme Regis play park was officially unveiled on Saturday.

Opening of Lyme Regis play park

Dozens of children poured into the Anning Road park to try out the new equipment following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Town Mayor, Cllr Owen Lovell was joined by two pupils from St Michael’s Primary School in declaring the £110,000 facility open.

Children wore pirate hats, had their faces painted with eye patches, and gold chocolate coins in their pockets as they explored their new park.

Cllr Lovell told the crowd: “We are here to open the Lyme Regis play area for the children of the town.

“A lot of work has gone into opening and putting it together, including work done by past councillors, including many who are here today standing in the background.

“It just happens to be it’s the pleasure for me to open it for the children.”

Cllr Lovell praised the Lyme Regis Play Park Fundraising Association for their £5,400 contribution to the project.

The Mayor then announced the joint winners of the drawing competition, which children from St Michael’s Primary School had taken part in by drawing a picture of themselves and their friends enjoying the park.

A winner was chosen from each class and the two overall winners had the honour of helping Cllr Lovell cut the ribbon.

Year 4 pupil Leigh Watts and year 3 pupil Finlay Crossley were the lucky pair, who also had two minutes in the park before being joined by the eager crowd of youngsters.

Leigh, eight, said: “It was cool going in first and I played on the zip wire. I think the park is epic.”

Seven-year-old Finlay said: “I think the park is great. I felt happy with myself that I won the competition. I’ll probably play on the zip wire the most.”

Children enjoying the roundabout

The winner of each year group was presented with a £10 book token, with Millie Harp and Sam Sims among the winners.

Children discovered the features of the galleon, challenged themselves on the pterodactyl nest and fallen fossil, enjoyed the inclusive roundabout and nest swing with their friends, watched for pirates from the lookout mound, and waited patiently in line for their turn on the zip wire.

Music from Wessex Star Disco added to the party atmosphere of the opening event.

Mother-of-three Louise Rawlins said: “I think the park is amazing, especially the zip wire, which I think will be a favourite.

“I like that it challenges children, whatever their age and ability.”

The park, designed by Eibe Play, was funded mainly by Lyme Regis Town Council, with contributions from Lyme Regis Play Park Fundraising Association, Magna Housing Association, Palmers Brewery, and the Town Mill Cheesemonger.

Emma Blackmore, chairman of the fundraising association, said: “I’m so pleased to see the kids having so much fun. The public made a good choice when they voted for this park.

“Hopefully the children will appreciate it, enjoy it and look after it.

“Thank you to the fundraising committee for all their hard work and help, and to Cheryl Reynolds.”