A TRADITIONAL St George's Day celebration in Dorchester proved a resounding success.

The annual fair in Fordington has become a firm favourite in the county town calendar and crowds turned out in force again for this year's celebration of the patron saint.

The rain held off for the afternoon of family fun, which raised thousands of pounds for St George's Church.

Elizabeth Clark from the organising committee said: "The events committee of St George's Church in Fordington worked tirelessly to provide a great afternoon for all the family.

"Crowds turned out on the dry, but chilly day to help raise funds for St George's Church.

"A fabulous time was had by all.

"The hog roast, provided by Dorset Porkers, sold out as well as many other stalls - which proved what a success the fair was and always is."

The afternoon's activities were centred around Fordington Green, with some also taking place in the church and its grounds.

Entertainment included music from the town's Durnovaria Silver Band as well as performances from Upwey Morris Dancers, Dorchester Ballet Club and The Friendship Club together with Pokesdown Sign Choir.

Other activities on offer included a bouncy castle, water shoot, skittles and a range of children's games while there were stalls offering cream teas, jams, raffles, tombolas, bric-a-brac, jewellery, crafts and more.

There was also a competition to design an animal out of fruit or veg with children of all ages invited to take part.

Elizabeth said: "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and before expenses £5,000 was raised - a terrific sum for which St. George's church events committee are very pleased.

"St George's Church would like to thank everyone who supported the fair - it is always such a lovely, community event.

"St George's Church isn't just there on a Sunday, the committee runs various events throughout the year for the whole community."