It was a night to remember as hundreds of people paid tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict at an event commemorating the First World War centenary.

The third annual Festival of Remembrance lit up the main stage of Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday (4), with an evening of remembrance through music, song and dance.

Local groups gave dazzling performances and there was a poignant moment as thousands of red poppies flooded the stage - a particularly significant event this year as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Ian Jarvis, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in Dorset which organises the festival, said 2018 was the event's biggest year yet.

He said: "We had the highest attendance we've ever had, there were only a few seats left at the back of the theatre. A retiring collection and programme sales combined with front of house raised nearly £2,000 which is phenomenal.

"We've only heard good things about the festival this year."

More than 260 performers took to the stage, with performances from local groups including the Dorset Rock Choir, Let’s Dance, choirs from Wyke Regis, St Augustine’s, St John’s and Budmouth schools, Bournemouth Youth Marching Band and The Decadettes.

Pupils showcased their poems and there was a procession of standards by the Royal British Legions in Dorset and cadet forces.

Mr Jarvis added: "Some of the children absolutely stole the show. It's great to have the local schools and community involved.

"The enthusiasm of the Dorset Rock Choir just rubbed off on everyone in the theatre.

"People wanted to come along because it marks 100 years, but also the popularity of this area is growing year on year. Planning will start soon for next year's festival."

This year’s Poppy Appeal is asking the public to say ‘thank you’ to all those who served, sacrificed their lives and changed the world during the war.

The appeal in Dorset was launched on October 26 with a ceremony in Bournemouth Square, and will close on Saturday (10) with a performance by The Decadettes at Tesco in Dorchester.