HUGE crowds packed out a popular cycling-themed bike shop and café in Weymouth as the owners celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Ebike Café is based on Custom House Quay.

Cycling enthusiasts Peter Claxton and Josephine Parker said they were overjoyed with the support their business has received, which champions an active lifestyle, healthier eating and a positive mental wellbeing.

Mr Claxton said: "We opened our doors with some trepidation last year.

"It was the height of the pandemic with lockdown restrictions in place, and all around us, we were seeing the sad demise of the high street.

"However, we did not foresee the incredible support we have received from our customers and locals. The demand for eBikes has been unprecedented and we're now taking orders well into 2022."

Co-owner, Josephine runs the café following the company ethos of keeping the carbon footprint as low as possible, sourcing locally and promoting healthy eating.

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She said: "The response has been tremendous.

"We're welcoming so many locals and visitors on a regular basis. It's great to see the place buzzing as a true community hub."

Situated in the Victorian Deheers building, the business employs 21 staff, with the majority of employees being young people looking to gain valuable work experience before embarking on university or college study.

Ms Parker added: "We have teenage children and understand the importance of providing a positive experience for those entering the world of work. Our ‘Hatchings’ employment programme is specially designed to help young people to do just that.

"It has proved very popular and we feel very privileged to offer employment for local people. We take our responsibility seriously, with a huge dash of enthusiasm and enjoyment."

At the one-year anniversary event, a partnership with All Saints CE Academy was launched. The partnership will see 10p being donated to the Wyke Regis school for every cup of coffee sold.

Chairman of the All Saints CE Academy PTA, Kim Newstead said: "Sourcing funding for essential equipment is always a battle.

"When a local business steps up to assist, it makes all the difference to the learning experience our young people receive.

"The cash raised during 2022 will go towards outside gym equipment, to promote a healthier lifestyle, and theatre lighting for the school drama and production department."