FAMILIES got together for a singalong at Brightlingsea Library to shine a light on mental wellbeing.

Brightlingsea WinterFest is an annual event which aims to promote unity and social inclusion at what can be a depressing time of the year.

One of the organisers Alix Sheppard, speaking after the Music at the Library event, said: “It was really good, we had about 300 people turn up over the course of the day.

“The music by candlelight event which was held that evening was amazing.

“It was a complete sell out and we lit up St James’ Church, the musicians were fantastic.

“I think the whole weekend raised about £1,500 - but it’s not about the fundraising, it’s about getting people out and brightening up winter.”

It was just one of many events organised for the festival which runs until February 24.

On Saturday, from 10am until 2pm, there will be a Family Fun and Wellbeing Day at Brightlingsea Sports Centre.

There will be bouncy castles, face painting, sports taster sessions and workshops, arts and crafts stalls and more.

On the same evening, from 7.30pm, there is a debut cabaret event at YMCA Hall in Brightlingsea High Street.

Tickets are available on the door.

The festival is in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.

To find out about upcoming events visit brightlingseawinterfest.co.uk.