MARSDEN residents marked the medieval festival of harvest - Lammas Day - for the first time in centuries this weekend.
A procession took place from the Old Goods Yard on Station Road on Sunday, starting at 2pm.
The parade, which finished at Tunnel End, featured children dressed in horse and butterfly costumes which they had created in workshops held at Tunnel End Visitor Centre.
The procession also featured music from guitars and `junk' instruments.
Children had learnt to play the instruments at workshops, including one with guitarist Emily Druce.
The procession ended with a picnic at Tunnel End, with entertainment from band Crinkly Socks.
The festival was organised by Marsden woman Angela Boycott.
Mrs Boycott also organises the village's Imbolc festival, which marks the start of spring.
Kirklees Countryside Unit, the National Trust and British Waterways have also supported the Lammas Day event.
Lammas Day, usually celebrated on August 1, marks the start of harvest time.
The festival became known as Lammas Day when the church took over from ancient Celtic traditions, which had named the day Lughnassadh.
Some people say the term Lammas Day comes from loaf-mass day, because people brought bread to church made from the newly harvested wheat.
However, some think the name comes from lamb-mass, because lambs were dedicated at church on Lammas Day and large sheep-fairs were held.
As many people gathered for the harvest and sheep fairs, Lammas Day became a time for setting up marriages.
Young couples would have a trial marriage for the period of the fair and if they did not want to marry at the end, they could part.