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Weymouth Timewalk Forced To Close

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11:42am 19th November 2014

It's been giving visitors and locals a glimpse into the area's rich history but now The Weymouth Timewalk Heritage and Visitor Centre has closed its doors because of a lack of funding.

The centre is still continuing online giving historical guided tours but the financial hardships means three part time staff had to be laid off too.

Director of the Heritage Centre Dave Allan said it's a blow to both tourists and locals.

He told Wessex FM: "Heritage and history of the area is neglected quite a bit locally. We felt it was an opportunity for the public and visitors to learn a bit about the area."

They've been trying to get a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help reopen their doors on the high street.

There had been initial success for the centre with over 6,000 visitors using the facilities in the first six months they were open and another 3,000 during the first three months of the year.

But the centre had virtually no retail expenditure which meant as soon as the money from the first grant they had secured ran out then the centre could no longer afford the rent.

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