Music and singing filled the United Church at the weekend as the 11th annual Musicathon returned.

Singers, violinists, guitarists, music groups and recorder players took to the stage to entertain audiences throughout the day on Saturday.

The event was set up by Jo O’Farrell 11 years ago, but sadly she died last year.

However, organisers have continued the event, which they said attracted many “very high quality” performances.

Pat Crawford, an organiser of the event, said: “It was a very successful and smooth-running day with a varied programme of vocal and instrumental music, involving performers aged from seven to 93.

“There was good support from the audience throughout the day.

“It was pleasing to welcome some new performers this year, including the U3A recorders, the piano pupils of Christine Turner, Mythos with Eastern European music and Artey Williams on vocals and guitar.

“The school band and soloists from Loders Primary School and the young singer Lily Britton, presented very enjoyable items.

“In support of the Musicathon, Bridport Lions organised the coffee morning and Roz Copson set up a charity stall in Bucky Doo Square where bucket collections took place.

“Very many thanks to everyone who supported this event in any way.”

Cheques will soon be presented to the two beneficiaries, The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians and Dorset County Hospital Charity Chemotherapy Appeal.