BANK holiday events were washed out by the heavy rain – but the Dorchester End of Summer Festival didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits.

Weymouth’s Quayside Music Festival was cancelled by 9.30am as the rain continued to pour.
Organiser and manager at Rendezvous Keith Treggiden was disappointed to have to cancel the second day of the event.

He said: “It is an absolute shame we had to cancel the second day and couldn’t continue with the festival.

“We knew bad weather was forecast for Monday but we were hoping it might change as it often does.

“Thankfully we had a brilliant day on Sunday for the first day of the festival.

“It was by far the best Quayside we have ever had, there were massive crowds and it was great to see everyone there, and we didn’t have any downpours.”

“It was a shame to have to cancel but these things happen, we have lots of plans for next year’s Quayside so keep an eye on the Facebook page.”

However, over in Dorchester organisers of the End of Summer Festival forged ahead with the entertainment.

Organiser Tony Lyall said they decided to push ahead with the final day of their End of Summer festival, Music on Bank Holiday Monday, despite the heavy rain.

He said: “It was pouring with rain but the whole thing had already been paid for so we pushed on anyway.”

More people started to arrive at the event at Maumbury Rings as the rain eased off towards the evening.

Tony said: “A few people had come in the day with their gazebos but more and more people started coming along in the evening.”

Music on Bank Holiday Monday was the third and final event of the Dorchester End of Summer festival, following Anonymous festival on Saturday and the Love Parade on Sunday.

“The whole weekend has gone well, there’s been something for everyone, it’s a nice community thing and gives people something to do,” said Tony.

“There were more people here last year but I think that is down to the weather.”