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I’m going into my third month of being Mayor and I am really enjoying it. Last month was particularly eventful as we highlighted the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and Weymouth’s pivotal role. I had the pleasure of attending the Council’s commemorative events at the Nothe Fort including reading the International Tribute and being there for the beacon lighting. Over 2,000 people attend the events that day. Weymouth Town Council also funded a host of other activities including free boat trips between Weymouth and Castletown in Portland. We worked with Portland Town Council on a programme of events spread across the area to ensure a wide range of activities were available for our residents and visitors. It was a poignant day to remember those who fought and died in the Second World War.

We also saw the return of the hugely popular Armed Forces Weekend which stretched across Friday 21st to Monday 24th June. I attended the service for veterans at the Cenotaph along Weymouth Esplanade, recognising the significant contribution to the town and nation they’ve made. It was also important to celebrate and provide a focus on their charities and associations over the weekend.
In July, there are many exciting events taking place. On Sunday 14th July from 2pm to 4pm, the Weymouth Brass Concert band will be performing at the revamped Radipole Park. We held a funday there last month and I had the pleasure of declaring the park officially open again following the extensive makeover to the facilities. This was a project that Weymouth Town Council, the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, and The Heritage Lottery Fund have been working on together, and I am certain residents and visitors will use it well.

You can also enjoy free live music at Greenhill Gardens every Sunday afternoon in June, July and August, 2pm-4pm, with thanks to the Friends of Greenhill Gardens. Sit back and relax while listening to local musicians with a view of Weymouth Beach. My own band, Dr Jazz, are playing on 28th July.

For car enthusiasts, “Porsches on the Prom” is making its return on Friday 19th July. Starting at 6.30pm, an impressive collection of Porsches will be on display at the Jubilee Clock. Also, there is a classic cars and bike night every Thursday from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Jubilee Clock.

Weymouth Town Council has organised for firework displays on Monday evenings starting on the 29th July until 26th August. You will be able to see the fireworks from across Weymouth Bay at 9.30pm. Sirotechnics will once again be providing these excellent displays.


Cllr Jon Orrell
Mayor of Weymouth

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