THOUSANDS of people attended the Bonfire on the Beach last Saturday evening. A well-organised event struggled at times to keep pace with the huge number of people. However, all went well. The food kiosks at the event and elsewhere in and around the bay did a roaring trade, with many selling out altogether.

The bands ‘Out of Order’ and ‘Mama Feelgood’ put on some startling music throughout the evening with many people dancing the night away. Whilst it took a long while for traffic to leave the bay, patience prevailed and within three quarters of an hour all the traffic had cleared. 

The shuttle bus service had passengers travelling on it throughout the evening. I spoke to one disappointed person who seemed to think the display wasn’t as long as previous years.

Everyone else was thrilled with the stunning firework display lasting a full 10 minutes. The local charities that will benefit from this year’s West Bay Days events are Bridport Barracudas, St. Andrew’s Pre- school Playgroup, Pathways to Care and West Bay Women’s Institute. At the time of going to press the money was still being counted.

On Thursday the committee of the West Bay Community Forum holds its regular monthly meeting, more news next week.