Weymouth BID Congratulate Business We ARRR Winners

Rieker prize winner of the Best Pirate Dressed Staff Competition

Published at 11:45am 16th April 2015.

Over Easter the Weymouth BID joined forces with the Weymouth Garrison and Nothe Fort to promote a weekend of Family Pirate Fun.

Over Easter the Weymouth BID  joined forces with the Weymouth Garrison and Nothe Fort to promote a weekend of Family Pirate Fun.  The weekend brought together local re-enactment groups for the 3rd Weymouth Pirate Festival, led by the Dorset Buccaneers.   Weymouth BID are constantly looking to encourage visitors into Weymouth and one of the ways to do this successfully is by hosting great events the Easter Pirate Weekend certainly achieved this.

Bucket collections over the weekend topped £560 for The Old Town Hall Restoration Fund. Mark Vine, one of the Dorset Buccaneer organisers, offered his thanks to everyone who donated and said, “We have enjoyed working with the BID team and appreciate the media support given. It’s hard work to raise the profile of an event and increase attendance when you have little or no budget. The BID’s input clearly had a positive effect on the numbers of the general public attending at the weekend.”

Weymouth businesses joined in the fun and Louise Cox,  Weymouth BID Board member selected Rieker Shoes with their prize of £50 plus a bottle of Pommery champagne kindly donated by The Swan & The William Henry public houses.  Rieker won the prize for the Best Pirate Dressed Staff Competition.  Louise Cox went on to present Easter eggs to businesses who had contributed and joined in with the spirit of the Pirate festival including the Harbour Stores and Heart Nouveau both who supported the BID and the Pirate event.

Steve Newstead, Chair of the Weymouth BID said “ It’s been really encouraging to see so many businesses take part in the Pirate themed event.  This is exactly the type of thing that the BID should be doing in terms of supporting and promoting businesses and themed events in Weymouth.  The success of the event is all down to the Weymouth BID businesses and staff,  I would like to thank them personally for all their support.  I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Ann Newman from the Weymouth BID office toured the town on Easter Saturday to judge the Best Pirate Dressed Pub Staff Competition, several public houses took part but the winners were the Ship Inn on the harbour side who went to a great deal of effort.  The Ship Inn received a unique plaque, which they will keep for one year.  The Pirate Plaque was donated by Precision Engraving of Park Street and presented by Louise Cox from the Weymouth BID.

Justin and Natasha Larkham, Managers of the Ship Inn were delighted to have won, Justin said  “A big thank you to Luke and the rest of the team, I’m so pleased his efforts paid off. We really enjoyed being part of the pirate festival and competition and think that the town’s businesses should embrace this type of event. Joining in the spirit is what makes it memorable for locals and visitors and, hopefully, they come again next year with their friends in tow!”

Weymouth BID’s next event will be the “Out Loud” Music & Entertainment event on 27 & 28 June.