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Launch of the Lyme Regis Society’s Historic Houses part 4 – 19th July 2018

On Thursday 19th July, The Fine Foundation Learning Centre, the Lyme Regis Museum’s prestigious educational space played host to the launch of the latest in a series of Historic Houses books detailing the history of some of Lyme’s most remarkable architecture.

David Tucker the Museum’s Director, welcomed the Mayoress Michaela Ellis and her consort Alan Ellis to the launch. Peter Coe, the Lyme Regis Society Chairman invited two of the authors, Keith Shaw and Audrey Standhaft, to speak about their inspiration for their articles.

Historic Houses part 4 features a range of articles on local buildings with fascinating illustrations of maps, diagrams and early photographs.  Many buildings and places have changed little over the years and can still be spotted as you walk around the town.

Historic Houses part 4, priced at £1.95, is available at many local shops, including:  Amid Idols and Giants, The Alexandra Hotel, The Black Dog, The Cobb newspaper shop, Felicity’s farm shop, Lyme Regis Museum, The Mariners Hotel, Serendip and the Tourist Information Centre.

 

Raising the Stars and Stripes on the 4th July

On the corner of Woodmead Road and Silver Street there’s a house that had a very special role in World War II.  In 1944 the house was home to ‘C’ company of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st United States Infantry Division.  ‘C’ company, commanded by Captain Victor H Briggs, was part of the assault force led by Lieutenant General Omar Bradley on Omaha beach on D-Day, 6th June 1944 in Normandy France.

A commemorative plaque to the right of the front door reminds us of our Allies’ contribution to the D-Day push. The Americans suffered 2,400 casualties at Omaha on 6th June, but by the end of the day they had landed 34,000 troops whilst under heavy fire.

The plaque includes a flag holder which is hung with a poppy wreath every 4th July and the United States flag is flown for the whole day.

So how does the flag get there? The Lyme Regis Society holds a U.S. flag and in the early morning of every 4thJuly ensures that Lyme Regis pays tribute to our American Allies.