Portland gets the scare factor
by Harry Hogger, Dorset Echo, 20 October 2011
GHOSTS, ghouls, witches and wizards are being urged to show their support for a free community event on Portland.
Wild about Hallowe’en festivities are taking place on Saturday, October 29, with a 2.30pm start at High Angle Battery.
The ‘Ghost Tunnels’ were cleaned up by volunteers last weekend as part of the annual island clean-up so a treasure hunt can be held.
Event organiser Yvonne Beven said: “This will be a unique opportunity to explore the tunnels, but enter at your own risk, you never know what may be lurking there.”
Wild about Hallowe’en is a joint venture between the Revive Portland community group, Wild about Weymouth and Portland and Synergy Housing.
Spooky family fun will include a falconry display, owls, bats, a junk music activity workshop an open day at Fancys Farm and wandering goats.
The Revive Portland Sea Dragon will make his debut appearance at 2.30pm and at 5pm the dragon will lead a fancy dress procession down the Incline to Osprey Leisure Centre where the main events will take place.
Yvonne said: “There will be loads going on for all the family.
“Not only do we have a fantastic fire show and a new Hallowe’en dance routine performed by GwellC dancers, but the students from Royal Manor Arts College will be organising loads of free fun games and activities for children and adults alike.
“Last year, we had about 3,000 people join the procession, nearly all of whom were in fancy dress and the atmosphere was amazing.”
She added: “Thanks to the generosity and support of Wild about Weymouth and Portland and Synergy Housing and Tesco we are able to put on our third, completely free, Hallowe’en event.
“We would love as many people as possible to join in the fun.”
Highlights will include spooky activities with the Jurassic Coast road show, hot food and a licensed bar.
Portland author Carol Hunt will be launching her new book, Portland Pirates, and Revive members will be dressing as pirates to keep up the theme.
The evening will culminate with a spectacular firework display at 8.30pm from the water.