WET AND windy weather could not stop the crowds from turning out for the big Christmas lights switch on at Dorchester's Brewery Square.

Families and people of all ages turned out to see the square lit up in all its festive glory.

The day also saw the return of Skating in the Square, with the popular synthetic ice rink set up again for another year.

Visitors to the square were able to browse the stalls set up by the Anonymous Travelling Market and enjoy a host of festive entertainment including performances from the children of Damers First School and the Weymouth Ukuleleans.

Business in and around the square enjoyed the festive atmosphere and a steady stream of visitors to their stores.

Mikey Wyatt, assistant manager at Stolen from Susie, said: "It's really great, it's great to see so many people popping in.

"It's a really nice atmosphere."

There was also a dedicated team of collectors for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust welcoming donations to the local charity.

Matt Smith from Weldmar said: "We have been trying to encourage people to enjoy the free evening and if they have got any spare change to give it to Weldmar."

He added that the charity was looking to link up more with Brewery Square over the coming months, saying; "It seems to be the place to be now."