More than 4,000 purple crocuses have been planted to mark World Polio Day on October 24.

The weather conspired against Lyme Regis Rotary Club on October 26, forcing members to postpone the planting of thousands of flowers in Langmoor Gardens.

However, early this month, several Rotarians, as well as a number of Cubs, Scouts and Guides, joined in with the planting with some of their parents and leaders.

The group managed to plant more than 4,000 bulbs by lunchtime and raise awareness of the Purple 4 Polio campaign to passers-by and attracted donations.

Purple is the colour of the dye that every child has on its finger to show they have been vaccinated.

A spokesman for the rotary club said: “Only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have a few cases left and soon it is hoped polio will go the same way as smallpox and cease to be a disease, but vaccinations must in the meantime continue to be funded for thousands of children.

“For every £1 that rotary give to Purple 4 Polio, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donate £2.”

Members of Lyme Regis Rotary Club would like to thank the town council for giving them space to plant the bulbs.