Bank Holiday Mondays always discombobulate me and this week such was my day-disarray I completely missed out on my usual Friday treat from the Aroma Coffee Shop. Things weren’t helped when the phones decided to stop working from mid-morning on Tuesday due to “a problem with the line”.

We had a whole lot of emergency services activity this week starting with the air ambulance landing on the beach near the clock tower car park. Now if you are familiar with that part of the beach you will understand just how skilled that pilot must be, because he/she landed it on a very small patch of stony beach next to a solid concrete groyne. There followed siren after siren as Lyme Regis was flooded with emergency vehicles; two fire engines, two coastguard vehicles, ambulances, you name it, it was there. Turns out a builder who was working on bridge repairs fell off the top scaffold to the platform below and broke his leg. All very unpleasant.

Shortly afterwards the ambulance arrived

But that wasn’t the end of our emergency experience; on Friday someone came rushing into the theatre asking for our defibrillator because they thought a man was suffering a heart attack and the paramedics were on their way. This is the first time our defib unit has been used so it was a good experience for me. The boy who was running between the man who was slumped on the bench down on Gun Cliff Walk and us could only have been around 12 or 13 years old but he was so calm and collected, a real credit to his aunt who was holidaying in Lyme. Anyway the Tourist Information Centre got a message to the lifeguards who were down at the sandy end and within minutes they arrived and put an oxygen mask on the poor chap. Shortly afterwards the ambulance arrived and took him on board.

We were surprised to see the man step out of the ambulance a short while later and he and his wife started to walk back along Gun Cliff Walk, I invited them into the cool of the theatre and gave them a cup of tea and choccy bici; turns out it was his medication that had caused the problem and he was in fact alright and well enough to travel on their coach back to Salisbury. All’s well that ends well.

I made ready for a bit of crowd control

Meanwhile we had a ‘remain’ event at the Marine – ‘Postcards from the 48%’. There was a film followed by a Q&A session. We’d been given the heads-up that a gang of brexiteers was going to invade to make their feelings known. So with my ever vigilant eyes and sitting up front on a high stool so I could see everyone in the audience, I made ready for a bit of crowd control. To say it was anticlimactic would be an understatement, I’m not even sure there was anyone in the audience who wasn’t a remainer and the Q&A was very uneventful.

I was delighted to see the return of Vera, Gail McGarva’s lerret, to Theatre Square. She’s been touring regional schools over the summer. But now she was back forming part of the Lyme Folk Fest we are hosting.

I detected a very definite autumnal chill in the air

Of course being the August BH that meant September was soon knocking at the door, maybe it was my imagination but I detected a very definite autumnal chill in the air so the first of the lightweight jackets has made an appearance for my early walk into work. There’s another inevitability this time of year brings – have you noticed the supermarkets have already started to put the large tubs of Christmas chocolates on the shelves? My discombobulation will be all over the shop at this rate – I’m still waiting for the Indian summer days so I can have another swim in the sea before the icy blast arrives with the beast from the east.

A week of emergencies and our crowd control could stand down
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