RADIO 1 breakfast host Greg James, whose grandmother comes from Weymouth, has supported the possibility of a Dorset Knob Throwing Festival in 2020 - days after it was revealed the event had been cancelled.

The event was cancelled after Kingston Maurward College said it could no longer host the event.

But the prospects of an event in 2020 were boosted this morning when the DJ, who broadcasts to millions of people every day, called for the event to be held next year.

Speaking after a news segment, he said: "The Dorset Knob throwing festival has been cancelled next year.

Dorset Echo:

"This is a huge part of the community. It's a one day festival attended by 8,000 people this year.

"That’s as many as the Teen Awards used to get.

"It incorporates a food festival, live music, Knob-based games such as Knob and spoon racing, splat the Knob, Knob darts and pin the Knob on the giant.

"Maybe we should hold our own next year."

Referring to the event again later in on his show, he added: "It's really sad.

Dorset Echo:

"Surely we can help. I’d be interested in attending and going down there. It seems a shame to have a fallow year. A year without knobs is not a year in my book.

"My nan lives in Weymouth, we could get her to open it, it’s not far."

A spokesman for the festival’s organising committee said the decision to cancel was reluctantly made as a result of the college cancelling the Memorandum of Understanding made between the Dorset Knob Throwing Committee and the college.

He said the 2019 Dorset Knob Throwing was a huge success with over 8,000 visitors enjoying a glorious day at the venue.

Ian Gregory, of the Knob Throwing Festival Committee, said they were prepared to listen to offers of help and he is due to appear on the show tomorrow.

He said: “There were several reasons why we decided we could no longer go ahead next year.

“We don’t have a venue and as Kingston Maurward expertly ran the food and craft stalls we simply don’t have the expertise to do that sort of thing.

“In addition, with the change in the May Bank Holiday next year a lot of events that would have taken place on the second weekend in May are now happening on the same weekend we would have been taking place and we were worried they would all suffer.”