A POPULAR firework night event will not be going ahead this year due to budget restrictions.

The firework display at Bridport Leisure Centre last went ahead in 2019. It was cancelled last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and will not take place this year, it has been announced.

The event's organisers, the Bridport Round Table, made the decision to cancel the event after deciding it was no economically viable.

Instead, the organisation has joined forces with West Bay Days, with whom they will jointly host this year's Bonfire by the Beach event.

Ewen Steele, chairman of the Bridport Round Table, said: "Historically we have put on a firework display by the leisure centre, but unfortunately that won’t be going ahead this year.

"We have decided to host a combined event with West Bay Days due to financial restrictions. This way we can share the risk, both raise funds and come together to put on one event."

Bonfire by the Beach will be taking place on Saturday, October 30 at East Beach from 4.30pm and will feature fireworks, a Guy Fawkes competition, and of course a bonfire.

Entry to the event is free, with donations encouraged to raise funds for local groups and causes.