A MUCH-loved weekly car boot sale, which raises thousands of pounds for charity, will return.

West Bay’s popular car boot sale at the West Bay Road car park will start on April 28, the first Sunday after Easter.

There has been some confusion over the event’s return; it was cancelled mid-season in 2018 when landowner West Dorset District Council closed the car park for resurfacing work and launched a consultation into whether or not the event should return and continue at the same location once they were complete.

There was an outcry over the decision to close the car park and prevent the car boot sale from taking place for 13 weeks during season.

The consultation saw overwhelming support of the car boot sale, which raises thousands of pounds every year for local charities and good causes.

Bridport Town Council stepped in and took over the running of the event on a trial basis, and later committed itself to taking over the management permanently when it returns this spring.

In 2018, community groups across Bridport received a share of £25,000 generated by the car boot in West Bay combined with one in Dorchester. The fund, distributed annually, goes to organisations in and around West Bay and Bridport to benefit projects operating or supporting residents living in these areas.