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Friday, 3 February 2012

Americana in Lyme Regis Museum

The photograph above shows another of the recently added displays in Lyme Regis Museum. Perhaps not as exciting as the new Jane Austen display, it does however relate to what must have been a turbulent time in the town's history, when US troops were stationed here during the Second World War. This small collection of wartime American money has kindly been donated to the Museum by Lyme Regis resident Ken Gollop.

Also acquired recently by the Museum is a collection of documents that belonged to one-time Mayor of the town, Ivor Curtis. These include the certificate shown below conferring honorary citizenship of Dallas. The text reads: "Be it hereby known that the Honorable Ivor Curtis, Mayor, Lyme Regis England, has on this day been made an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Texas, and under this charter shall hold and enjoy a place of high esteem in the minds and hearts of the people of this City. October 23, 1985."

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