NEVER mind the freezing temperatures - spring has sprung in Marsden.
Hundreds of people in the village celebrated Imbolc, the festival marking the end of winter.
But an organiser warned that this year's celebration could be the last.
Saturday evening's events kicked off with a torchlit procession through the village, spiced up by Huddersfield University's Slick Stick Bombastic samba band.
The procession took a new route this year, going up Reddisher Road and on to Waters Road, near Tunnel End.
Festival organiser Angie Boycott-Garnett explained: "We used to go along the canal, but we had to change the route after 2,000 people turned up last year."
At the end of the procession, revellers were entertained by a fireworks display and a performance from the 25-strong Marsden Community Orchestra.
Ten amateur performers - the youngest just 14 - also wowed the crowds with fire juggling and Celtic chanting.
They learnt these skills at workshops run at British Waterways' Standedge Visitor Centre at Tunnel End last month.
Imbolc is an ancient Irish festival marking the point when days start to get noticeably longer.
The Marsden celebrations also featured giant puppets of Jack Frost and the Green Man, who battled it out for control of the climate.
Angie believes the festival - which was started 13 years ago by Kirklees Countryside Volunteers - plays a valuable role in the village's life.
She said: "It's good to bring people out to celebrate what's around them and the turning of the seasons.
"But it means different things to different people. To me it's about teaching new skills to local people.
"But we have pagans who come to the event from as far away as Liverpool and others who come because they love fireworks."
However, Angie revealed that funding cuts by Kirklees Council have put the future of Marsden's Imbolc celebrations in doubt.
She said: "It costs about £5,000 a year, which is peanuts really.
"But if we don't get enough money then we won't be able to do it again next year."
* Imbolc is one of four main festivals of the Irish calendar - celebrated at the beginning of February or at the first signs of spring.
* The festival is dedicated to Brigid, goddess of poetry, healing and witchcraft.
* Imbolc is an old Irish word which translates as "in the belly", referring to pregnant ewes who are about to give birth to spring lambs.
* Flames play a central part in Imbolc - through candles, bonfires and fireworks - symbolising the strengthening power of the sun as winter draws to a close.