Wet weather puts a damp squib on Dorset bonfire parties but Weymouth beach fireworks go ahead

Dorset Echo: ROAD BLOCKED: The road near Poxwell was partially blocked by a fallen tree ROAD BLOCKED: The road near Poxwell was partially blocked by a fallen tree

WILD weather brought down trees and is forcing organisers to pull the plug on some bonfire night events.

Flooding was reported across the county yesterday but Dorset appeared to have escaped the major deluge that was predicted with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Flood alerts remain in place for areas to the east of the county with more rain expected tomorrow.

Heavy rain and high winds caused trees to fall down and block roads across the county, including on the main road east out of Weymouth.

Motorists faced delays on the A353 near Poxwell due to the obstruction. Other trees were reported down near West Holme, Wareham, and in Shaftesbury.

Flooding spots included at the top of Lanehouse Rocks Road towards Wyke where police were forced to put out a sign to warn motorists of the hazard.

The weekend saw strong winds batter the coastline, with some fireworks events in Dorset called off as a result.

A community firework display planned for Portland Marina tonight has been cancelled.

The Portland Community Partnership called off its annual firework display which was due to begin with a lantern procession from Portland Castle to The Boat That Rocks.

Despite the venue closing suddenly last week, attempts were made to honour the community firework event and barbecue.

But a spokesman for the partnership said: “Unfortunately due to the predicted wind speed we have had to cancel the fireworks and lantern procession.

“We are sorry for this but safety concerns are paramount and we have adhered to the guidance from our professional advisors on this.”

Weymouth’s Guy Fawkes Night celebrations are still on for tonight.

It’s one of the autumn’s big community events attracting thousands of families.

It is organised by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s tourism department which says the event is subject to weather conditions but it is still on for the moment.

The fun starts at 2pm with a funfair in the Pavilion forecourt and stalls along the seafront. Children are invited to bring their entries to the Pavilion at 5.45pm for the traditional Guy Fawkes competition. The highlights of the night will be the lighting of the giant beach bonfire at 7pm and a fantastic firework display in Weymouth Bay at 7.20pm.

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