MARSDEN went `cuckoo' over the weekend as families gathered to celebrate the start of spring.
Participants refused to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they joined in the festive fun offered by the 14th annual Cuckoo Day.
The weekend-long celebrations kicked off on Friday evening with a walk around the village to the `birthplace of the Marsden Cuckoo'.
This was followed by a night of folk music at Riverhead Brewery Tap and sampling of a commemorative beer called Ruffled Feathers.
Saturday's dreary weather brightened up just in time for the start of the Grand Cuckoo Procession headed by Marsden Silver Prize Band.
Adding colour to the procession was a display of bright banners painted by children from Marsden Infant and Nursery School.
Outdoor entertainment included children's rides, circus skills, clog and morris and maypole dancing and children's entertainers.
There were also displays of vintage engines and machines and owls from Thurlstone Owl Sanctuary.
Music was provided by Marsden's Junior Band outside the United Church and Marsden Silver Prize Band, which performed outside the Mechanics Institute.
Indoor activities included a craft fair in the United Church, a variety of stalls in St Bartholomew's Church Hall and cuckoo hat making and face painting in the Mechanic's Institute.
Visitors went particularly quackers over the much anticipated duck race and packed the sides of Mellor Bridge solid as they cheered on the contenders to the finish line.
The day, as always, was a big hit with crowds.
Violet Davis, from Brecon, South Wales said: "It is the first time I have been. I am visiting my son who lives in Huddersfield, so I thought I'd come and take a look.
"I really enjoyed myself - the whole day has been fantastic and I would definitely come again."
Cuckoo Day chairman Philip Thompson said: "Despite the bad weather the event was well supported and everyone seemed to have a great time."
The British Legion Club continued the party mood on Saturday evening with Dancing to The Neverwillbees.