The town’s first socially distanced concert after lockdown has raised more than £800 for a mental health charity.

Bridport Bounces Back was a chance for residents to enjoy live music in the Millennium Green in August and included a range of local bands and musicians.

The concert was never intended to be a fundraiser, but by virtue of introducing entry by ticket to simplify compliance with Covid guidelines, it generated an unplanned revenue.

Chris Deacon, an organiser of the event and Bridport Folk Festival, said: “We would like to thank all involved who gave their time freely, especially those musicians who generously performed and agreed for the proceeds to go to a worthy cause, which after some discussion it was decided to benefit the local Harmony mental health group.

“This was very much a trial event deemed to be a pioneering project during these complex and difficult times.

“The concert’s success was due in main to an excellent partnership between the town council and folk festival team who enabled positive adherence to Covid restrictions, thereby allowing the audience to safely enjoy the music.”

Organisers of Bridport Bounces Back presented a cheque for £841.27 to members of Burrough Harmony Centre.