LIVE music returned to a Dorset high street to entertain crowds and lift spirits in the town.

Dorchester BID brought back the popular Saturday live music performances for six weeks during the summer, where acts including The Decadettes, We are Wilson and In2theBlue took to the stage.

The annual music series, which is funded by shops and businesses in the town, was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but came back with a bang at the end of July.

Throughout the events, the BID had a collection box for charities that are being supported by the town's mayor Gareth Jones, including The GAP Project, which is run by Dorset Mind.

Phil Gordon, Dorchester BID project director, said: "Despite our best attempts to explain to the passing public that this entertainment was free, fully funded by BID on behalf of the town's businesses, people loved it so much they wanted to show their appreciation.

"We raised an impressive £603.22 in coins thanks to the kindness and generosity of the great Dorchester public and visitors."

Mayor Gareth Jones said: "Congratulations to Dorchester BID for putting on the excellent programme of live street entertainment through this summer.

"Not only has it given pleasure to the people of Dorchester going about their daily activities, but raised the attractiveness of the town as a place to visit, hopefully to the benefit of the town businesses.

"My thanks to Phil and the BID for using entertainment as an opportunity to collect donations to my Mayor's charity, and my genuine thanks to the public who have given so generously."