Rain did not put off revellers who took to the outdoors to watch a firework display.

Families and friends turned out for the annual community event, which promised its ‘biggest and best’ firework display in its 19-year history.

While strong winds and heavy rain were forecast, organiser Jon Gabb said the weather wasn’t as bad as expected and lots of people braved the drizzle for an entertaining evening.

Held at Southill Shopping Centre on Saturday, the event raised money this year for Southill Primary School.

A number of charities also hosted stalls on the night including Weldmar Hospicecare, Clic Sargent and the Southill Wellbeing Centre.

Mr Gabb said: “I think the weather was fine. It did drizzle, but it wasn’t as bad as what was originally forecast. It went really well.

“I was surprised by how many people hung around when it started drizzling but we’ve had a lot of thanks and positive comments on social media so I think people had a good time.”

As well as the firework display, pianist Matt Black performed and there was a hog roast, stalls and a bar and barbecue provided by event sponsors the John Gregory pub.

Mr Gabb’s brother Paul hosted the evening and introduced the entertainment.

Weymouth Carnival Queen Samantha McIntosh did the countdown to set off the firework display and, along with her princesses, did face painting with the younger visitors.

With money still being counted, Mr Gabb said he is not sure how much has been raised for Southill Primary School but added that the event is about raising as much as possible while ensuring the community enjoys a good night out.

“This event takes six months to organise, and it is all done as not-for-profit. So it’s great to see those comments on social media and know everyone had a good night. There was a great atmosphere.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in helping with this event – the sponsors, volunteers, everyone who helped. A massive thank you to you all. Without them, this event just wouldn’t be possible.”