Christmas carols will be sung again in a popular festive celebration in Lyme Regis.

The annual Carols Round the Tree is one of the longest-running traditions in Lyme having been organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis for more than 60 years.

It is a festive favourite with residents, visitors and those who return home to be with family for the Christmas holiday.

It will be held on Saturday, December 23 from 7pm.

Hundreds are expected to gather around the town’s huge Christmas tree at The Shambles, at the bottom of Broad Street, and join in singing traditional Christmas carols in an event that never fails to warm the heart.

It is part of the Rotary Club's Christmas Appeal which this year is raising money for children's hospice Julia's House

Carols will be led by Lyme Regis Town Band, with town crier Alan Vian, acting as MC for the evening.

Among those to take part will be the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr David Sarson.

Due to the popularity of the event, the road will be closed for safety and song sheets will be provided so all can join in the festivities.

Only those that are part of the event and emergency vehicles can use the road. 

All are welcome to this free event, with a collection in aid of, Julia's House, The Dorset Children's Hospice.

Christmas street collections in aid of Julia's House will also be held in Lyme Regis on December 22 and 23, and in Charmouth on Christmas Eve. 

For further information about the event call Alan Vian on 07905 034778.