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MOTORBIKES, smugglers and a beer festival livened up Weymouth this weekend.
Muskets were at the ready as smugglers set foot in the resort.
People gathered to watch the Portland Garrison Group recreate Dorset’s smuggling past with a Moonfleet weekend.
Portland Garrison chairman and director of Weymouth Heritage Centre, Dave Allan, took a group of history buffs to a number of locations associated with smuggling and the novel Moonfleet.
Stops on the tours included the Tall Ship Pelican at Weymouth Harbour, the Black Dog pub and the Clipper pub in the town centre where John Meade Falkner wrote the 1898 novel about smuggling.
Sunday’s group headed to the aptly named Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills, which was once the home of Emmanuel Charles, the leader of the most notorious gang of smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dave said: “We had a smaller turn-out than expected but people seemed very interested and were asking lots of questions.
“We gave some ‘smuggler’s tea’ away which people really enjoyed.”
n Glasses were raised in celebration for AIR 107.2 FM.
The community radio station put on its first beer festival on Saturday, with a little help from their friends.
Held at the Spy Glass Inn, Weymouth, the festival featured specially-brewed AIR Ale and CidAIR created by Piddle Brewery, as well as yummy candAIR floss.
The crowds enjoyed music from Robbie McIntosh, Cuba Libré, Ian Sedwell, Carter Logan, Bob Kirkpatrick and Lauren Bannon.
Station manager Carl Greenham said it had been a good event.
He said: “We had a great day. I would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us and helped raise funds for AIR 107.2 FM.”
He added that he would also like to thank all the AIR volunteers, the Spy Glass Inn and Piddle Brewery for their help.
n Two hundred years of Weymouth Baptist Church were celebrated with a Family Fun Day in the Nothe Gardens.
Youth worker Joe Hobday said more than 400 people flocked to the free event, which featured free cakes and burgers.
Performances were given by youngsters from WOW Youth Musical Theatre in the marquee and there was a barbecue, drumming bands, a skittle alley and cake stands.
Joe said: “It was absolutely fantastic. The amount of people that came shocked us.
“At one point there were just over 200 people in the marquee listening to WOW.
“We wanted to hold a community day outside of the church and this is the first time we’ve done anything on this scale.
“I’d love this to be an annual thing.”
n Bikers wowed crowds with a parade of Harley Davidsons passing through 26 miles of Dorset countryside and ending at Weymouth Pavilion.
Members of the New Forest Harley Owners group roared into town for their annual Weymouth rally, during which funds were raised for children’s charity Cash For Kids.
Weymouth and Portland mayor Ray Banham tried out a Harley for size as several hundred bikes congregated at the Pavilion for a bike show.
Public relations manager Si Williams said: “We love coming to Weymouth, it’s a very scenic ride.
“People came from all over the country and from Ireland and Europe to join us.”
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