It's official, the steps down to Castle Cove beach have been opened at a ceremony in front of a huge crowd on Easter Saturday.

The sun was blazing down, temperatures soared above 20C and the Dorset Wrecks sea shanty group sang songs of the sea to mark the occasion.

The steps were officially opened when local resident Brian Wilkins, 84, cut the ribbon.

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Mr Wilkins said: "It is fantastic and the real magic was that the kids were here to enjoy it as well.

"The beach is back open after five years and I have been coming here since 1936. The first time I was here I was carried down the steps, then I worked on hiring out deck chairs on the beach and eventually I got engaged on the beach too. It's great to see it so busy again."

Check out Monday's Dorset Echo for the full story and pictures.