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26th May 2010

WEYMOUTH: Quayside festival celebration could replace trawler race

A DYNAMIC quayside festival could take the place of Weymouth’s old trawler race event.

Businesses and residents from the quayside area of town got together to discuss the idea for a 2011 event at an open meeting in the Ship Inn.

It was called by Kings Arms co-owner Robin Maddex and Rendezvous general manager Keith Treggiden who said the aim was to replace trawler race with an improved festival event.

Mr Maddex said: “Our aim is to create a fun and informative family event around the harbour-quayside for everyone to enjoy.”

The meeting was told that one of the aims – supported by police – was to get away from the drunkenness which marred the trawler race event.

Mr Maddex said: “Weymouth Harbour and quayside  is one of the most beautiful traditional working harbours in the country.

“We want an event to celebrate this and create an opportunity for everyone to enjoy it.”

The meeting was told that one of the suggestions was to showcase the heritage of the harbour, trawlers, how they operated and how fishing is approached.

Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism president Nigel Reed said: “We need to have the festival focused on what it wants to do.”

The meeting then agreed that a celebration of the harbour was a good approach and could bring in elements of heritage and tradition.

This could perhaps include sections on Tall Ships, how boats were loaded in olden times, guided tours, historic divers, charity stalls and pirate events with a possible approach to schools for them to come up with an event name.

Talks closed by planning a main discussion meeting on June 16th at 7pm in the Ship Inn to debate an event structure and committee membership to which quayside residents and businesses are invited.

Mr Treggiden said: “It was a very promising start with a lot of interest.

“We now hope the formation meeting on June 16 will lay the foundation for a great new event for Weymouth.”


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