Candles on the Cobb – a dramatic and spectacular event illuminating the historic Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis with 5000 tea-light candles, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
This simple and effective use of tea-light candles and plastic transparent beakers transform the Cobb Harbour into a stunning image which must be witnessed!
The tea-lights are uniformly positioned around the structure of the harbour, once all 5000 candles are ready; they are lit: a fascinating and amazing experience appears before your very eyes as the contours of the harbour walls slowly emerge as an endless chain of illuminations.
This unique idea was the creation of local friends Mike Higgs (Deputy Harbour Master) and Phil Street (former Town Crier), who after a few drinks in a local pub were listening to ‘Candles in the Wind’ the acclaimed song by Elton John… the rest is history! Mike and Phil have been involved with fundraising events for many years and to date they estimate over £100,000 has been raised for charity and local organisations.
The first Candles on the Cobb event was staged in the year 2000 and raised £7,200, the second event in 2003 raised £15,000, in 2005 the event raised £16,000, in 2008 raised £18,000, in 2012 raised £22,000 and the last event in 2015 raised £40,000.
Lyme Regis Youth Causes have received 50% of all funds raised and Help for Heroes, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Diabetes Research, Cancer Research & CLIC/Sergeant, Devon & Cornwall & Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulances and Make a Wish UK have all received significant donations from the remaining 50% of the proceeds raised.
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