Residents were dreaming of a Wyke Christmas last weekend.

The community’s Christmas street fayre got underway in Wyke Square on Sunday.

The weather did little to dampen families’ spirits as they indulged in the festive fun.

Cllr Kate Wheller, who represents the Wyke Regis ward on the borough council, said: “This is our 10th year of holding the event. I have been the organiser from the start. It’s great, it’s really very much a community event and we raise money just for local things. A block of the money goes towards the maintenance of the memorial hall and to support local charities. It’s all organised and run by local people. The most important thing is giving local people the opportunity to get out and mix together.”

The various stalls erected throughout the street were all raising money for local good causes.

The Weymouth South Scouts were out in full force to raise money for their next big trip.

Adrian Parry, Scout Leader of Weymouth South Scouts, said: “Last year we raised £350 to take the scouts to Brownsea Island for the day, free of charge. We’re hoping to take them out for a day trip again next Spring, which is why we’re fundraising today.

“The main thing for us is to show that we’re out in the community and here to support local events.”

Susan-Jane Smith of Ladies in Wey-Ting also helped run a raffle stall.

She said: “Our first £100 will be going towards the Echo’s Christmas Toy Appeal. The rest of the money will be donated to local food charities for homeless and vulnerable people.”

Rob Cheeseman, from family-run business, Wyke Stores, said the day had been a success.

He added: “I think it’s a good community event. We’re trying to use it as an opportunity for exposure and to show we’re at the heart of the Wyke community.

“We could do with a few more of these throughout the year, perhaps in the summer or Easter.

“We’re really trying to encourage people to keep buying local and that if they don’t use us, they could lose us.”

The main attraction was the live music stage which hosted a number of performances including from Weymouth Operatic Society, the Wyke Regis ukulele group, the Sophie Barnes Singers and Wyke Regis Infant School.

Jennie Clark, a resident, watched her granddaughter perform with Wyke Regis Infant School. She said: “This is the first time I’ve been to the event. It’s been brilliant, there should be more of these around, I’m starting to feel festive.”