Houghton Feast through the years - a picture special

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It’s nearly time again for the ever-popular annual Houghton Feast.

Months of hard work go into preparing for this event to be such a hit with visitors.

One of the decorated floats in the 1979 parade through the streets of Houghton.

One of the decorated floats in the 1979 parade through the streets of Houghton.

The origins of the Feast, which this year takes place from October 5 to 14, date back to the 12th century and Michaelmas, the dedication service of the parish church of St Michael and All Angels.

The 10-day festival was revived in the 1960s, when it became a popular community activity in Houghton.

It features a host of attractions including a fairground, church events, carnival parade, a tattoo with pipes and drums, shows, community events, exhibitions, talks and tours, and fireworks.

There is also the famous Ox Roast, held at Rectory Field in the town on Feast Monday.

A traction engine was among the floats which took part in the Houghton Feast parade in 1979.

A traction engine was among the floats which took part in the Houghton Feast parade in 1979.

So before you pop your coat on and visit this ancient festival, take a look at our feast of archive photographs.

Our slideshow included a selection of pictures from Feasts of yesteryear, including decorated floats taking part in the traditional parade.

Do any readers remember the illuminated frogs in Rectory Park? Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk