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'Doc Martin' switches on garden display
ACTOR Martin Clunes flicked the switch to light up Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens at a charity launch.
The Doc Martin star was on hand to officially open the attraction's annual Enchanted Floodlit Gardens extravaganza.
Mr Clunes, who lives near Beaminster, turned on the lights at the charity preview in aid of the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
The floodlighting of the garden carries on every night until November 3.
The gardens will stay open until 8.30pm every night and the floodlighting is turned on at dusk.
There are also three Halloween family fright nights, next Thursday, October 31, Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.
There will be a laser rave, a spider and snakes tent, a spooky children's entertainer, fire breather, scary roaming monster, scary scars, face painting and witches.
Weldmar director of fundraising Caroline Nickinson said: “We are delighted to have been offered the opportunity of the charity preview evening at Abbotsbury Gardens.
“We would also like to thank Martin Clunes, who has once again this year agreed to switch on the lights.”
Abbotsbury Tourism general manager John Houston said: “Martin gives his time free of charge for this event.
“All the monies raised on the night go to the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, a very worthy local charity.
Tickets included seeing Martin turn on the lights, access to the magically floodlit garden and a jazz band, as well as a venison sausage and mash supper.”
The walk takes about 40 minutes although there is a shorter route for the less mobile. People are advised to wear sensible footwear and take a torch.
Mr Houston added: “The floodlighting of the garden carries on after the charity preview night every night until November 3.
“The gardens will stay open until 8.30pm every night and the floodlighting is turned on at dusk.
“The pathways are additionally lit with candles in lanterns hanging on the left of the path as you walk the route.”