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Hollywood's Nicolas Cage visits Lyme Regis

Over the years there have been many celebrity visitors to Lyme Regis and Nicolas Cage can now be added to the list.

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage recently chose Lyme Regis to spend his eighth wedding anniversary. I have been taking people out mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing from Lyme Regis for forty years. During this time many well known personalities have walked around Lyme Regis harbour and I have kept a list for posterity as follows:

Actors: Nick Cage, Kenneth Branagh, Martin Clunes, Oliver Ford Davis, Hermonie Norris (from Spooks), Joan Collins, the late Anthony Newley, Charlie Boorman, Nick Berry (Heartbeat), Linda Bellingham, John Nettles and Denis Quilley.

TV presenters: Nick Crane (Coast), Jeremy Kyle and Des Lynam

Chefs: Mark Hix, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rick Stein and the late Keith Floyd

Artist: Tracy Emin

Naturalist and national treasure: David Attenborough

Politicians: John Major and David Milliband

Sports: Frank Warren,

Writers: Richard Curtis Geoff Baker (author of ‘Rock Bottom’) and the late John Fowles

Musicians: Ian Gillan, Bob Geldorf and the late George Melly

Princess AnneGardeners: Alan Titmarsh and Chris Beardshaw

Royalty: Princess Alexander and finally Princess Anne ...

… I had the honour to be presented to Princess Anne at Easter in 2007 when she came to Lyme Regis to open the new stabilised sea front and gardens, costing £20m. This was because my parent’s house next to the gardens was destroyed in the landslip of 1962 and could now finally be rebuilt on the same site.

This very impressive list of well known names really says something about this picturesque place in which we live. People from all walks of life come and spend some time here and we sincerely hope they leave with happy memories. Any more for the next Lyme Regis mackerel fishing trip?

Published on 10/08/2012.

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