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Lyme Regis organisations dress to impress

TWO Lyme Regis organisations have dressed to impress as they entertained local audiences.

Lyme Regis Town Band and Lyme Regis Musical Theatre each received funding from Lyme Regis Town Council to help them look the part for their performances.

The town band received £1,553 to replace uniforms which were 30-years-old.

The musicians now have smart red waistcoats and red polo shirts for the training band.

Former mayor, Cllr Owen Lovell, who has remained president of the town band, presented a cheque to musical director Brian Scott and chairman Paul Snowball at one of the band’s Tuesday evening performances on the seafront.

Cllr Lovell said: “It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the town council to present the town band with their cheque to buy new uniforms, which has made them look immensely smart.

“The town represents the band at all sorts of occasions and is a credit to the town.”

Band secretary Gilly Warr said: "As we represent the town whenever we make a public appearance, it’s important for the band to look smart. 

“With the help of grant funds from Lyme Regis Town Council we have been able to update our uniform by purchasing new waistcoats for band members. 

“We are very grateful to the council for their financial assistance, without which we would have been unable to make this important purchase."

The town band was re-formed in 1981 after a 30-year break and welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

More information about the band can be found on the website www.lymeregistownband.co.uk

Lyme Regis Musical Theatre was awarded £3,000 to help pay for costumes for the 2017 show, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The show at the Marine Theatre cost almost £20,000 to stage, which included a professional musical director, lighting, and a choreographer.

Cllr Lovell attended the show to present a cheque to the cast members.

He said: “It’s a pleasure to support the local musical theatre society, which in turn supports the Marine Theatre.

“Their performances require new costumes and sometimes these kinds of societies need a helping hand. We should give that helping hand to ensure our local societies continue.”

Chairman Johanna Hopkins said: “We are very lucky to have been awarded £3,000 towards our costumes, and this will go some way to cover our loss this year.

“We are very grateful to the council for all their support with displaying our banners and helping us to continue to produce our annual musical shows. We would struggle without their support.”

Next year’s show will be Hello Dolly and more information can be found on the website www.lymeregismusicaltheatre.com