MORE people are ditching meat and switching to a plant-based diet - and Bridport is no different.

Record numbers have signed up to ‘Veganuary’ this year and will try cutting out meat and dairy for the month.

Since the movement started five years ago, the number of people turning vegan has exploded. And there are many reasons why.

Veganuary champions animal rights, arguing that animals are able to perceive and feel pain and should not be used in food or clothing production, aims to raise awareness of environmental issues caused as a by-product of agriculture, and promotes the health benefits of opting for a plant-based diet - with health being a major reason for many people turning vegan, according to the organisation.

More people are cutting out animal products in order to combat specific health problems, while others report general improvements in energy and vitality.

And with more vegan options available than ever before, there’s never been a better time to give it a go.

Every month, a vegan market takes place at the community and youth centre on Gundry Lane, Bridport, where you can pick up everything from cakes to cosmetics. Organisers are delighted by its growing in popularity.

Started by Sarah Corke last February, Tina Raymond took over the reigns of the not-for-profit venture last month.

Tina said: “Bridport Vegan Market continues to grow. Each month we see more and more visitors who are looking at ways to not only change to a plant-based diet, but who want to learn how to shop and live more ethically.

“Becoming vegan is not just about cutting meat and dairy from our diets - it’s also about looking at the clothes we wear, the beauty products we use and much, much more.

"The Bridport Vegan Market helps visitors to find alternatives to the every day items that they use.”

Market days usually feature a familiar line-up of stallholders each month, as well as those who are new to Bridport.

The next event will take place on January 12, from 10am to 2:30pm at the town hall.

For more information about Bridport Vegan Market, visit its Facebook page. For more information about Veganuary, visit