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Hundreds flock to Big Grove Summer Festival
THIS year's Big Grove Summer Festival proved a hit with families, residents and music-lovers.
The rainy weather failed to dampen spirits this time around after the charity extravaganza was cancelled in 2012 due to floods.
A total of 500 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music, stalls, games and good food at the Oval off Grove Road.
Bands included Flybone Yellow, Surfin' Birds and Cuba Libe, who all performed for free.
Guests could also make the most of seeing circus acts up close and enjoyed dancing in the new Reggae tent.
Jane Hurdiss, one of the organisers, said 500 people attended the eighth annual festival and a 'great day' was had by all.
“It is a festival on Portland for Portland.
“Money raised will go towards Portland charities and good causes, in the past we have donated to the YMCA, St John Ambulance and Portland United Football Club.
“A great day was had by all and we are pleased to say we reached our guest capacity.”
Anna and Andy Hinde, of Wyke Regis, decided to go along to the event to celebrate their friend Rob Dansey's birthday.
Mr Hinde said: “It is a good to see a community event like this taking place on Portland.”
Fronde Crennell and Rowena Croft revealed their new business 'Loving Spoonful', which serves curry and cakes, at the festival.
Miss Croft said: “We are Weymouth-based and really wanted to help raise money for charity.”
While graduates Louise Croft and Hannah Collings showcased their clothes stall 'Find Me', which saw a portion of cash from every item sold go to good causes.
The deluge of July 2012 forced the last-minute cancellation of the Grove Summer Festival last year.
Organisers were forced to pull the plug as rain swamped the site.
But they held a Grove at the Hangar fundraiser in October at the sailing academy to get the event back on track.
They had hoped to stage it in July of this year but had trouble pinning down a site and delayed the event until settling on the Oval, just off Grove Road on Tophill.
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