AN ANNUAL village celebration based on Celtic folklore takes place tomorrow.
Marsden’s 19th Imbolc Fire Festival, held to mark the beginning of spring, is expected to attract thousands of people.
Angie Boycott-Garnett, who has organised the festival for about seven years, said: “Christmas and the new year celebrations are over, it’s the darkest time of the year.
“This is something to get people out, in the countryside at night time.
“It’s about noticing the cycle of the year and bringing the community together.”
In the run-up there has been a series of events including lantern-making, singing and fire skills workshops.
The main event on Saturday will be the Imbolc procession, starting at the Old Goods Yard on Station Road at 7pm.
It will lead to a show at Standedge Tunnel, which is 200 years old this year.
The show will include the traditional mumming – or folk – play, featuring the battle between Jack Frost and the Giant Green Man. A fire dance will take place in Marsden after the performance.