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Driving rain can't dampen beach polo at Sandbanks
DRIVING rain failed to dampen the mood during the final day of Sandbanks’ annual Beach Polo event on Saturday.
Revellers described the plush gathering as “fantastic and magical” despite being battered by almost continual rain and gusty winds. Event spokesman Caron Khan said there were plenty of Wellington boots coupled with glamorous dresses on display, as thousands turned out for the two-day event.
One of this year’s highlights was a floodlit beach polo exhibition on Friday night. Caron told the Daily Echo: “The night polo match was magical.
“Although it was raining we still had the lights on, which were so pretty.
“It was really magical and everybody made the effort to come outside with their brollies to watch. It just really added to the whole atmosphere. Us Brits know how to party, we don’t let a bit of wet weather get in the way.”
The hospitality area was buzzing and the evening entertainments included a huge party featuring live music and international house DJ Colin ‘StarRocker’ Pereira.
As on Friday, there was also a race along the beach between a pony and an Audi Q7 car.
“We had to get a professional racing driver in,” said Caron.
“But the pony versus car races were one of the highlights of the weekend.”
Event organiser Johnny Wheeler maintains his goal continues to be to bring polo to a wider audience.
Meanwhile Caron added: “We have seen no drop in numbers.
“We have had a great party because we’ve been completely covered here – rain proof and wind proof.