An iconic £100m development in the heart of Dorchester celebrated a special milestone.

Brewery Square celebrated its 10th anniversary and hosted an evening of entertainment for residents to mark the occasion.

The evening’s activities took place at the Square where residents of all ages enjoyed the entertainment.

The Brewery Square regeneration project is a commercial, leisure and residential development on the site of the former Eldridge Pope Brewery.

Morrish & Banham Wine Merchant and Tasting Rooms provided Prosecco and canapés for all guests, with musical accompaniment from The String Quartet, who played Bach to Van Morrison throughout the evening.

Entertainment was provided by the Weldmar Hospicecare Strictly Champions followed by Strictly Come Dancing stars, Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, who performed a slow dance and a cha-cha.

The event was then rounded off with a performance from classical soprano singer Jennifer Coleman.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, said: “We’d like to thank all those that joined us at our 10th anniversary celebrations.”

“The dancing competition hosted by Robin was a great laugh and Anya’s dance moves were enjoyed by all.”

She added: “We’re very lucky in that the heatwave has seen a boost of visitors to the Square as families are able to come down and enjoy the fountains whilst shopping and dining in the area., and now that we’re into the summer holidays we’re sure this will continue if the weather holds.”

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, which provide specialist support for patients and families, raised £700 on the night from voluntary donations.

Matt Smith, director of Fundraising and Marketing at Weldmar Hospicecare, said: “We were delighted with the turnout and want to thank everyone who turned out to support Brewery Square and Weldmar Hospicecare.

“It’s great to get the support from the local community and businesses.”

Mayor of Dorchester Councillor David Taylor said: "It was a fantastic event, showing the success of Brewery Square for Dorchester and I hope they have many more succesful years." 

The celebrations come after owners announced their next stage plans for development which will see the main brewery building converted into 29 apartments with 32 parking spaces, together with additional commercial space.