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Thousands of guitarists in Dorset set new UK record

Thousands of amateur guitarists performed at Lyme Regis beach Credit: ITV News

More than 3,000 amateur guitarists have performed Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water in Lyme Regis as part of a record-breaking attempt.

Led by Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, they set a new UK record for the largest number of guitarists playing at once.

The guitarists joined forces to complete "Britain's Biggest Band" Credit: ITV News

Guitars on the Beach, organised by Geoff Baker, attracted worldwide interest and saw 3,325 musicians – including some from Canada, the USA and Germany - complete the record attempt.

Describing themselves as "Britain's Biggest Band", they have grown by more than a thousand members since last year, which saw 2,267 attend.

Dorset rowers' record Atlantic attempt

And staying in the sea - two rowers from the region are on course to break a 118-year record by crossing the Atlantic in the quickest time ever.

Chris Walters and Elliott Dale from Lyme Regis have so far had to overcome injuries, huge cargo ships and gale force winds, but remain confident they will beat the 55-day record. Seth Conway reports:

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Bid to save Lyme Regis chalets

Plans have been submitted to save a dozen chalets from mudslides on the beach at Lyme Regis.

Nine properties have already been lost so the town council is consulting with owners with the hope of moving their properties forward to protect them. Richard Lawrence reports

Lyme Regis loses its tree

The Lyme Regis town Christmas tree has been felled by strong winds.

The tree has now been completely removed as it had snapped at the base and was considered unsafe.

the tree landed on the buildings behind when it fell Credit: Rob Swain Photography
the tree was felled in strong winds Credit: Rob Swain Photography
The tree snapped at the base and couldn't be put back up Credit: Rob Swain Photography

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Six year jail term for school girl blackmailer

A former teacher at a school in Lyme Regis has today been jailed for 6 years after admitting blackmailing teenage girls into posing for explicit pictures on line. Zahid Akram taught at the Woodroffe School and used to live in Exeter.

He didn't know any of his victims but after gaining their trust he threatened to tell the girls' families what they'd done. From Exeter Crown Court, Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Coastguard search at Lyme Regis' Cobb

Emergency services have carried out an extensive search of the harbour at Lyme Regis this evening after reports of a man possibly falling into the water.

Portland Coastguard was alerted around 6pm, but they're unsure if the man managed to get down from the Cobb wall, or was swept away.

There were several people taking photographs of the waves at the time, and coastguards are appealing for any witnesses to call them, or the police on 101.

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