UPDATED: Weymouth's Bayside Festival closed due to lack of visitors as organisers urge people to come to the town (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATED: Weymouth's Bayside Festival closed due to lack of visitors as organisers urge people to come to the town
“COME down to Weymouth and cheer on Team GB”. That is the message from the town as it urges people in Bournemouth and Poole to travel down and join in the Olympic fever.
The number of visitors to Weymouth during the 2012 Games has been down on what was expected and officials are now encouraging people to make the journey along the coast to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This morning, the organisers of the Bayside Festival announced they were closing down, effective immediately, because of a "dire" lack of visitors to Weymouth. We'll have more on this story as we get it.
Due to dire visitor numbers to Weymouth, Bayside Festival organisers have elected to voluntarily liquidate the business and close the site— Bayside Festival (@BaysideFestival) August 3, 2012
Weymouth and Portland is hosting the Olympic sailing events this week and visitors can watch all the sailing action, plus other Olympic events, on giant screens at the free Live Site on Weymouth Beach.
Organisers say travelling to the town is easy, with traffic flowing freely and public transport running to schedule, with four park and ride sites in operation. The Monkey’s Jump park and ride at Dorchester is free after 1pm for the rest of the Games.
Also running are the Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea and the ICCI 360 Dome screening 360 degree films and animation.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s briefholder for tourism and culture, Cllr Ian Bruce said: “As many people will have seen on the BBC coverage of the sailing competitions, Weymouth and Portland is providing a truly stunning backdrop for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events.
“The borough offers a unique Olympic experience by the sea, so come and join us, support our Olympic sailors and take advantage of the array of events and activities on offer across our area this summer.”
Cllr Bruce said a visit to Weymouth and Portland was a must for an “action-packed summer to remember”.
He added: “Residents across the Bournemouth area are just a stone’s throw from the Olympic sailing venue, so come and soak up the wonderful Olympic atmosphere.”
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