Lyme’s Bermuda link to be celebrated
PUBLISHED: 14:17 23 July 2013
Big parade planned to honour island’s founder - former mayor and West Dorset MP Admiral Sir George Somers
THE largest contingent of Bermudians in many years will be in Lyme Regis today (Wednesday, July 31) for the annual commemoration of Admiral Sir George Somers.
Twinners and civic representatives from Lyme Regis and St George’s in Bermuda will come together for the annual parade during Lifeboat Week.
The first parade in honour of Sir George was held in Lyme in 1980, but it was not until 1996 that the two towns were officially twinned.
Sir George Somers, former Lyme town mayor and West Dorset MP, founded the island of Bermuda in 1609.
For this year’s parade the delegates from St George’s will also be joined by civic representatives from the Bermudian city of Hamilton.
During a twinning visit to St George’s in April, Lyme Regis Mayor, Coun Sally Holman and town crier Alan Vian forged new links with their counterparts in Hamilton.
Coun Holman said: “Over the years strong friendships have been made between Lyme and St George’s and personal friendships have developed.
“Sometimes only their mayor and town crier have come to the parade in Lyme, but this year we are expecting eight or nine.
“It’s because of the personal friendships that so many are coming.
“Alan Vian and I paid an official visit to the Mayor of Hamilton in May and they were interested in establishing links with Lyme Regis as well.
“This year for the annual Sir George Somers Parade, the town crier of St George’s David Frith will be accompanied by the town crier of Hamilton Ed Christopher.
“We are very pleased there will be a considerable contingent this year from Bermuda, including the deputy mayor of St George’s Quinell Francis, past mayor Mariea Casey, and Bermudian MP Kenny Bascombe.”
The visitors will be hosted by members of the Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association.
Today’s parade starts at 11.30am from Langmoor Gardens, joined by Lyme Regis Majorettes, and will end at the Cobb where there will be a formal celebration of the life of Admiral Sir George Somers.
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