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Sun shining on the West's bank holiday

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

A professional FMX freestyle rider flies through the air above Princess Royal Square, Weston-super-Mare. The display of skill on 450cc bikes was held to promote the Pro Nationals Festival, Britain's biggest action sports festival in June PICTURE: STEVE ROBERTS

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Golden Bank Holiday weather lured thousands to the beach and the countryside.

But although this morning will start largely dry and sunny, make the most of it. Thicker cloud and showers will spread east bringing showery rain as holidaymakers start the drive home.

The Met Office said the maximum temperature in the South West will be 17 Celsius.

For Dan Whitby, one of the top professional Freestyle Motocross riders giving breath-taking backflips and other displays over Princess Royal Square, Weston-Super-Mare yesterday any sunshine was a welcome change from his last professional commission.

He is just back from the Himalayas where he was a stunt rider in a Bollywood film.

"The temperatures were ten degrees below freezing. I'm a bit of a sun worshiper, so it was a bit of a shock being in the snow," he said.

Hundreds of people crowded the seafront to see the 'tsunamis' and other dare-devils stunts against a backdrop of the famous Grand Pier.

The day, which ended with a firework spectacle was a taster for the Pro Nationals Festival, Britain's biggest action sports show, coming to Weston-Super-Mare on June 7 and 8.

Joran Meek and Helen Corp from Chippenham were among the thousands heading for a day on their favourite beach enjoying sand, sea and fish and chips.

The weekend saw the launch of Crazy Mouse the latest thriller ride at the resort.

The holiday was not carefree for all.

A black labrador named Pippa had a lucky escape when she fell nearly 100ft down a cliff face at Anvil Point near Swanage on Saturday. Swanage Coastguards, supported by St Albans Coastguards and Swanage RNLI Inshore Lifeboat wwere involved in the rescue.

Pippa, who had suffered only a paw injury, was recovered and reunited her with her owners.

Portland Coastguard helicopter was also called in on Saturday after a man diving on the wreck of the M2, the world's first submarine aircraft carrier, made a rapid ascent and needed to be taken to the specialist decompression unit at Poole Hospital.

The vessel sank in Lyme Bay, five miles off Portland Bill in 1932 with the loss of all 60 crew.

It lies in 30 metres of water and is popular with divers.

The dive boat Endeavour alerted the Coastguard that a diver needed help at 3.11pm.

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