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Weymouth Celebrates The End Of The Games

Sarah Ayton

6:02am 12th August 2012

Weymouth's looking forward to a sunny finale to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing events today. (Sunday 12th August).

Spectators on Weymouth Beach will get the opportunity to re-live the great moments that have captured the nation's imagination on the big screens at the Live Site.

Gates open from 6pm.

Wessex FM will be broadcasting a special Olympic Round up show from 4pm this afternoon at Weymouth Pavilion.

The final trains from Weymouth on Sunday leave at 20.58 for London, 21.58 to Southampton and 22.58 for stations to Bournemouth. The last train on the Bristol line leaves at 20.09.

Park and ride sites will close at 12.30 with last buses for the sites scheduled to leave at midnight.

Last buses to Portland leave at 22.50 and 23.20 and to Littlemoor at 23.00 and 23.30.

For journey details check with your travel operator - see http://www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/transport-and-travel/advice-for-visitors for more information and advice.

Angus Campbell, Dorset Olympic Board Chairman, said: "There are many ways for people to get to Weymouth and Portland including a free park and ride service at Monkey Jump in Dorchester.

"There are also lots of facilities available for people who want to cycle or walk into the town to soak up the Olympic atmosphere. We have over 800 free cycle parking spaces with free secure parking at one of four compounds across the area.

"I'd encourage visitors, however they are travelling to plan their journeys and come to Weymouth to make the most of the many events and attractions on offer."

Cllr Ian Bruce, brief holder for tourism and culture at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said:  "What better way could there be to celebrate the phenomenal successes of our Olympic athletes? More than 11,000 people on Weymouth Beach watched Danny Boyle's opening ceremony and the finale promises to be equally spectacular."

For those wanting to spend a full day soaking up the Olympic atmosphere, the Live Site will be showing Olympic events from 9am through to 3pm - with Volleyball opening the day, athletics from 11am to 2pm and gymnastics from 1pm to 3pm*. The Live Site will be closed between 3pm and 6pm before the coverage of the magic moments from the Games begins, building up to the closing ceremony.

The sports arena still has spaces left for people to take advantage of all the activities and try out new sports - go to http://www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/events/free-sports-arena to see more details and book a place.

The ICCI 360 dome at the Pavilion is running music workshops, live music and dance shows. From 10am to 5pm the Pavilion forecourt holds A Journey with Jurassic Coastlines. The Ocean Room inside will be hosting Pavilion Live, where local music acts 'Big Guns' and 'Dinner Ladies' will perform.

For a taste of the yachting lifestyle you could take a Balmoral pleasure cruise, leaving at noon and returning at 5pm, or take in a unique view of the coastline from the Sealife Tower.

For more details of events and activities on the final day of the Games go to http://www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/events/calendar-of-events/12aug

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting said: "The Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland have been a great success and have been enjoyed safely by the public so far.

"However, as the Olympic Games draw to a close, it is important that we all continue to take simple steps to remain safe.

"I would encourage anyone attending the closing ceremony events on Weymouth beach on Sunday evening to take simple measures to ensure they enjoy the events safely.

"When celebrating, please do not drink to excess. You are more likely to become a victim or an offender of crime when drunk.

"Also, keep your valuables and bags close to you when in crowded areas and ensure your children remain with you at all times.

"I hope the closing ceremony is enjoyed safely by everyone who attends."

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