The Christmas countdown has officially begun in West Bay.

Crowds gathered on Sunday evening for this year’s annual switch-on of the Christmas tree lights on Harbour Green.

Starting with a service inside St John's Church, crowds moved outside to the green to celebrate the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights shortly after 4pm.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Christmas tree on the Harbour Green

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Harbour House Sylvia Gardner turned on the lights

Participants enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine before Harbour House resident Sylvia Gardner turned on the Christmas tree's lights using a giant plunger.

The event was organised by West Bay Days, which hold events throughout the year to fundraise for local causes. Its events Pirate Day, West Bay Day and Bonfire by the Beach attract thousands of people to the bay each year, raising several thousands.

In total £13,500 was donated to local causes - with recipients presented with cheques during the evening.

West Bay Heritage Coast Canoe Club benefited from the fund. Secretary Siobhan Baxter said: "It was a lot of fun coming down to receive the fund. It is a nice little community event.

"The rain held off and everyone was happy."

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Siobhan Baxter and Liz Thomas from the Heritage Coast Canoe Club

Bridport Rugby Club U11s team received new uniforms as a result of the money raised by West Bay Days.

Coach Gareth Thomas said: "We had training this morning and came down after. We have already had some of the money from West Bay Days and we have already bought a full set of match shirts for the under-11s which we wore in our last game against Oakmeadians which we won."

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Gareth Thomas represented the Bridport Rugby Club U11s

James Radcliffe, the chairman of West Bay Days said: "It has gone very well. Considering the weather we still had a pretty good turnout and a good service in the church with the beneficiaries.

"It is good to be able to put a little event for the community, get a few people out at this time of year and get into the festive spirit and give West Bay a nice communal Christmas tree."

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: West Bay Days Chairman James Radcliff

The Bridport Rugby Club received £4,000; the West Bay Heritage Coast Canoe Club received £4,000; the Bridport Youth Football received £3,000; the West Bay Discovery Centre received £1,000; the Bridport Carnival received £500; the Living Tree also received £500 and so did the Britt Valley Car Park.

Mr Radcliffe added: "Big thanks to our community who are a small group and they work throughout the year. Without them, it would not happen, so big thanks to them."