WEYMOUTH Beach was packed during the hottest weekend of the year so far.

Crowds of visitors made the most of the glorious sunshine - while the resort was even busier than usual due to two major events in the town: the Weymouth Half Marathon and the showing of England v Croatia Euro 2020 match on a big screen at Weymouth harbour.

It was good news for beach traders. 

Speaking just after the half marathon event, owner of The Boat Café, Claire Deadman, said: "I think it's fantastic for the town - there were hundreds of spectators, and we had a busy start to the day at around 9am. It's great to see things finally starting to happen again."

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Meanwhile, demonstrating some excellent sandcastle building skills were Michelle, Nicola, Avie, Eloisa, Arlo and baby Luca, from Northamptonshire.

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They love Weymouth so much that it is their second visit in the space of a fortnight.
"We just love it - we've been coming since I was a little girl," said Michelle.

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"The beach is beautiful and clean, the harbour and shops are close by - Weymouth has got it all," Nicola added.

Meanwhile, Melanie Rush and her famous beach donkeys have had a busy start to the season. 

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"Half term was the busiest we've ever seen it," she said. "It's slightly quieter now because of the heat, but I'm preparing for a busy summer. Weymouth has an amazing beach - you can't beat the views across the Bay - I think it outshines anywhere else in the world."