A SPECTACULAR firework display and bonfire held in Lyme Regis for Guy Fawkes Night attracted record crowds.
The town was packed on Saturday evening, with an estimated crowd of 8,000 watching the firework display from the end of the Cobb, followed by the lighting on a bonfire on the beach.
The bonfire had been built by volunteers during the day, including a team from Lyme Regis Football Club, and was lit by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE.
The event was free of charge with visitors from across the region flocking to the town, resulting in some parking and traffic issues on the night.
Collection buckets raised just under £5,000, which organisers said is enough to stage the event again in 2022.
One of the organisers, Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian, said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves as a family. Many had travelled a long way to come to Lyme and some had even booked accommodation for the weekend so that they could enjoy the evening.
“The bonfire was built by the football club and cleared up by the gig club who once again showed their commitment to community events. Local business were inundated by the hungry and thirsty on-lookers.
“We are very grateful to the staff at Travis Perkins for letting us use their fence panels free of charge, to Matt Adamson-Drage for driving the lorry to collect wood for the bonfire and to Matt and Darren who worked tirelessly to ensure that the seafront was kept clear of rubbish.
“Finally a big thank you to our safety stewards and intrepid collectors who collected just under £5,000.
“It was another great night in Lyme.”