VIDEO: Bridlington Dickensian Festival

Thousands of shoppers, undeterred by heavy rain, descended on Bridlington last week to celebrate the life and works of Charles Dickens at this year’s Dickensian Festival.

The day had a packed programme which began with the Beverley Pipe Band who marched up the High Street, led by town mayor councillor Shelagh Finlay and town crier David Hinde.

It was followed by performances from the Coastal Voices choir, The Chantons a - 30-piece brass band, and the Bridlington Cadet Drummers.

Bridlington town crier, David Hinde, said: “It was a great success even though we had a lot of rain.

“We had a very steady flow both ways along the High Street for about 4-5 hours.

“We gave out prizes for the best dressed adults which were supplied by Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, and also gave prizes to the best dressed children who received vouchers.

“There were massive queues for Santa’s Grotto all afternoon - everyone was really happy and there was a great feeling about the event.

“People were saying it was wonderful, and I think it was one of our biggest and best yet.

Town Mayor, Shelagh Finlay, added: “I was absolutely thrilled to have led the parade.

“It was wonderful to hear the Coastal Voices Choir and I was amazed at the number of stalls we had – it was brilliant to see everyone.”

The stalls sold unique hand-made gifts and offered festive treats such as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.

Free Press photographer Paul Atkinson went along to capture the festive fun.

The day had a packed programme which began with the Beverley Pipe Band who marched up the High Street, led by town mayor councillor Shelagh Finlay and town crier David Hinde.

It was followed by performances from the Coastal Voices choir, The Chantons a - 30-piece brass band, and the Bridlington Cadet Drummers.

Bridlington town crier, David Hinde, said: “It was a great success even though we had a lot of rain.

“We had a very steady flow both ways along the High Street for about 4-5 hours.

“We gave out prizes for the best dressed adults which were supplied by Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, and also gave prizes to the best dressed children who received vouchers.

“There were massive queues for Santa’s Grotto all afternoon - everyone was really happy and there was a great feeling about the event.

“People were saying it was wonderful, and I think it was one of our biggest and best yet.

“I’d like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who helped set up everything for the day - without them the event couldn’t have gone ahead.”

The annual festival saw over 60 stalls and food unit line the High Street all the way to the Market Place, selling unique hand-made gifts and offering festive treats such as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.

Free Press photographer Paul Atkinson went along to capture the festive fun.