A number of stages have now been closed down for the remainder of the afternoon as strong winds and rain batter Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

The Skinner's Stage at Events Square was the first to be temporarily closed just after 4pm, before organisers came to an eventual decision at 5.15pm to shut the venue for the duration of the night. 

This led to the cancellation of the Fisherman's Friends, along with a number of other acts. 

Also due to have performed on the stage this evening were the Sheringham Shantymen at 7pm, The Old Gaffers at 8.30pm and Captain Cat and The Sailors at 10pm.

A post on the organistations Facebook page said: "It’s with huge disappointment that we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all performances at Events Square this evening.

"Fisherman's Friends will not be performing this evening. The wind speeds are such that we must consider your safety first."

Now the organisers have also announced further closures, at Church Street car park and the Prince of Wales Pier. 

They said: "In addition to Events Square Stage closing, we have also taken the decision to close Church Street Stage and The Pier Stage. We’re so sorry but safety must come first.

"All the indoor venues are running their programmes as scheduled, along with Customs House Quay and The Greenbank Stage. There’s so many terrific groups to see so have fun!"

However, since then the Seasalt Stage at Customs House Quay has also been shut due to the excessive rain. 

In stark contrast to Friday's blue skies and warm sunshine, when temperatures reached 24°C, Saturday has seen grey overhead for most of the day, with conditions worsening as the afternoon has progressed.

Town centre manager Richard Gates told the Packet earlier: "We were really careful with the weather, watching the wind speed. That is the biggest challenge. But with all events there is always a challenge, there is always variables and that's what you have to do. You have to juggle, adapt and adjust accordingly."


Other stages, including those indoors in pubs, remain open.

See a full schedule of stages and performances here