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Letter: It's time for sleepy Lymington to wake up

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SIR – A spokesperson from the Lymington Community Association says in their statement that everyone is exhausted with efforts of celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee. I can’t help thinking this must have affected just Lymington - after all it does have the name Sleepy Town!

No beacon was lit for the beginning of the jubilee celebrations in this town, while everywhere else and surrounding areas enjoyed the opening of this momentous occasion.

Christmas events were next to non-existent, yet advertised to be incorporated with the Saturday charter market, There was no light switch on or carol singing around the Christmas tree at St Thomas Church. Covid was blamed for this due to social distancing rules, yet other areas held festive events.

The 2017 Lymington carnival
The 2017 Lymington carnival

Lymington and Pennington Town Council allowed the 2020 seafood festival to take place, even though social distancing laws were in place. They had 8,000 visitors, and in 2021 the event had 12,000 visitors to the Bath Road site.

The council and Lymington Community Association cannot blame Covid for everything, nor exhaustion from jubilee celebrations. New Milton are holding a music festival and Sway has a week of Carnival events; its recent fete was exceptional, as was St John’s church fete in Boldre.

Lymington council need to note events can be organised and entertaining to the public of all ages. Wake up Sleepy Town before its too late - this Georgian town is becoming a ghost town and being left behind.

J Head

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