It's back! One of Weymouth's most popular live music events is to be held for the first time in YEARS - and there are some festive surprises in store.

This Saturday will see the long-awaited return of the Gimme Shelter homelessness fundraiser, which is being held at The Belvedere Inn on High West Street from 1pm 'til late.

The day-and-night party is to be headlined by legendary rockers Pronghorn - aka the 'kings of cow punk' - hosted in partnership with The Veterans Hub charity.

Dorset Echo: The inimitable Pronghorn Picture: Jim GoddenThe inimitable Pronghorn Picture: Jim Godden

The seventh Gimme Shelter event to be held will see popular bands including Bring Me The Pistols; Surf the Psychadelephant; Laura Jenkins; Jaunty; Meat Sweats; The Dark Descendants, and Cosmic Jellyfish, entertain across two stages.

There will even be a unique chance to bag artworks by renowned street artists for just £1. A charity raffle is being held, featuring some astonishing prizes donated by people and business in the community.

Four artists have donated their works to be raffled off: they are Weymouth ex-pat Fanakapan – whose mind-boggling hyper-realistic works have been commissioned around the world; 'artistic gangster' guerilla artist Nathan Bowen; local 'street botherer and creative mischief-maker' BOD, and Anonymouse – who creates quirky, contemporary art, but is "not everyone's cup of tea."

Dorset Echo: Artwork by FanakapanArtwork by Fanakapan

An assortment of stalls, including face painting, will also be present to help revellers get into the party spirit. Some of the acts are to be hosted in the Pirates' Keep - a former skittle alley reworked to resemble a pirate ship.

Gimme Shelter is the brainchild of local musicians Martin Saint and Paul Sharod, who have raised thousands for the homeless since they started the series of pub nights and outdoor festivals in 2016.

Money raised during Saturday's event will be going to The Lantern, Dorset First Point and local soup kitchens.

The Belvedere will also have a collection point for donations of warm clothes, sleeping bags and food bank items, with attendees on Saturday being encouraged to bring any surplus items they can spare.

Entry costs £6, and tickets for the art raffle cost £1. There will be homemade burgers by The Veterans Hub on sale, with proceeds split between the charities.

To find out more visit gimmeshelterfestival.co.uk or www.facebook.com/gimmeshelterfestival.co.uk - you can also donate to the fundraiser online at gofund.me/1654c909