THOUSANDS of people enjoyed a spectacular parade through a Colne Valley village at the weekend.
The annual Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival reached its climax on Saturday with a lantern procession.
The parade set off from Carr Lane at 6.30pm on a circular route via Bank Gate, Hill Top and Crimble followed by a fireworks display at 8pm.
There was live music at The Wharfside Inn and The Little Bridge after the procession.
The story of the Moonrakers goes back to 1802 when the Slaithwaite Canal was built. According to local legend, smugglers would hide rum and whiskey in the reed beds to be drunk late at night.
One night a group of men were caught trying to rake in the barrels. When questioned they pretended to be drunk and claimed the moon had fallen in the canal and they were trying to get it out before it drowned.
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The theme of this year’s event was Lunar Landings to mark the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong becoming the first man on the moon. Lanterns at the procession were decorated to celebrate the historic event.
Saturday’s procession was the climax of a week of events in the village.
The fun started last Saturday (February 14), with a Valentine Moon Ceilidh at Colne Valley Leisure Centre.
On February 15 Ruth Boycott-Garnett and Rachel Murray held a story-telling walk round the village. The following day, Andy Stamps performed two magic shows for children at the Watershed on Bridge Street.
There were lantern making workshops at the community centre all week and The Swan held a lunar-themed pub quiz on Wednesday.