A BITTERLY cold evening didn’t stop people turning out in droves to gather around a crackling bonfire.

West Bay Days held its annual Bonfire by the Beach on Saturday and the event has been hailed a rounding success.

Despite a chilly night, hundreds of people headed down to the beach to gaze at the spectacular firework display and warm up near the bonfire.

Organised by volunteers to help raise money for local causes and charities, the event featured live bands, funfair, food stalls and competitions.

James Radcliffe, chairman of the West Bay Days committee, said: “This event is always very popular, with many people coming from neighbouring counties as well as locally . This year we were able to alleviate the previous parking problems with an innovative new one-way system plus a free bus service from Bridport’s bus station and back.

“It was a very cold evening but we were all delighted to see such a huge turnout and people giving generously to the causes.”

West Bay Days’ next event will take place on December 2, when the Christmas tree will be lit at Harbour Green at West Bay.

The event will feature a traditional carol service, minced pies and mulled wine.

If you missed Saturday’s fireworks, don’t worry.

Bridport Round Table's Big Bang Bonanza takes place on Saturday at Bridport Leisure Centre from 7pm until 10pm.

Gates open at 7pm and the firework display starts from 8pm. Tickets cost £4 and entry is free to children aged under 12.

Simon Wakley, of Bridport Round Table, said: "We are putting on the fireworks for families and really hope that people come in to the event.

"It would be lovely to see them come in and to help us create a better atmosphere."

On the same day, crowds of people are expected to attend a display at Lyme Regis.

There will be fireworks on the Cobb from 6.30pm, followed by a bonfire on the beach.