Beaches were packed with holidaymakers and residents alike who enjoyed a demonstration by two lifeboats.

The sun shone on the RNLI family fun day in West Bay last weekend, with hordes turning out to take part in different activities.

The event raised around £2,100 for the RNLI, which will go straight to the Poole headquarters to be distributed where it’s needed most.

Jim Slade, volunteer press and publicity officer for the RNLI Bridport and District branch, said it was a ‘lovely’ day.

He added: “The air sea rescue display which was scheduled for 11am unfortunately did not go ahead because the helicopter was called out on a shout, but we had the Weymouth lifeboat and the Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat who ran a display of rescuing a swimmer.

“The guy who was the swimmer had a helmet on and let off a flare, so it was very interesting.”

As well as helping raise awareness of the importance of the RNLI’s work, Mr Slade said the demonstrations are important training for the crews.

“It’s hard to tell how many people were there, but there were lots of people on the beaches enjoying the weather, and also taking part in activities at the Salthouse and that was reflected in the amount we raised, which we are very pleased with.”

As well as the demonstrations, one of the day’s highlights was a duck race, with volunteers selling stickers for the ducks which were then set free on the river in a race to the finish.

Other activities included a tombola, children’s games and cream teas.

The annual event is one of just a number held by the branch throughout the year to raise funds for the RNLI, including the popular raft race in West Bay.

The next events are a quiz at the Ropemakers, which will be held in October and, later in the year, a Christmas carols and songs evening.

Further details of both of these events will be announced nearer the time.

Mr Slade said the events could not be run without the group’s dedicated committee - and added that they are always in need of more volunteers to help out at the events.

Call chairman Sadie Miles on 01308 421996 for details.