Lyme Regis launches The Year of Maritime Lyme 2011

The lerret Littlesea
Image caption The Littlesea lerret was launched in 2010 and based on a 17th century fishing boat

A Dorset seaside town is beginning a year-long celebration of its maritime life, culture and heritage.

Maritime Lyme 2011 is launching on the waterfront of Lyme Regis with a programme of family events.

Mary Godwin said the idea was to "bring together disparate organisations in Lyme Regis on a common theme of relevance to us all - the sea."

Activities began at the RNLI Lifeboat Station which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

Ms Godwin, curator at the town's Philpot Museum, added: "All the people and organisations in the town with a connection to the sea have got involved and the project has snowballed from there."

The "Littlesea" vessel - constructed by boatbuilder Gail McGarva to resemble a 17th Century Dorset fishing boat called a lerret - will be at several special events throughout 2011.

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