The annual Houghton Feast kicked off with a bang tonight, with thousands set to enjoy the ancient festival over the next ten days.
The event began with the Houghton Feast Tattoo, next to St Michael’s and All Angels Church, which saw performances from Houghton Pipe Band as well as singers and dancers from Zazz. School groups also produced a display of “Light” inspired artwork.
Tomorrow’s events include the Carnival Parade, with classic cars, colourful community groups and clown Billy Purvis are all set to feature.
Following the parade finale, a vintage car show will take place in the grounds of Kepier Academy, in Dairy Lane, while community groups will also perform in Rectory Park.
Houghton Feast Sunday will see the festival’s craft and food market, which is being held from 10am to 4pm at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.
And on Monday, one of the main traditions of the Feast will see the roasting of the ox, from 4pm in Rectory Field.