BURNING torches and lanterns lit up the night skies of Marsden on Saturday as hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the start of spring.
Torch-bearers, fire-jugglers and drummers led the 1,500-strong procession through woodland as the village's Imbolc fire festival got under way.
The annual event is held to celebrate Imbolc, a festival originating in the pagan calendar marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
People of all ages took part in the procession from the car park next to Marsden railway station to Tunnel End.
A blazing trail of Celtic characters - including people dressed as fire druids - led the parade of lanterns and torches to a fire circus at Tunnel End featuring fire- swingers and jugglers.
Crowds watched as a 12ft Jack Frost was beaten back by spring's Green Man - accompanied by his antler-wearing drummers - in a drama presentation.
A huge firework finale filled the sky with colour, to symbolise the return of the sun.
A community orchestra provided music.
Organiser Angie Boycott said: "It went really well and there were a lot more people than usual this year.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy it and it is great getting all the different community groups together," she added.
"It was a great atmosphere and I think people like it because it is a little bit edgy.
"It is something different."
The event, which runs close to the canal, was also supported by British Waterways, which provided lighting and barrier fencing along the route.