NEARLY 1,000 people visited Gargrave Art Exhibition over three days last week.

Staged in the village hall, the event featured the work of established artists, newcomers and youngsters from the village primary school and pre-school.

It also provided a showcase for the newly-formed Gargrave Art Group, which meets in the village hall on Monday afternoon.

And, last year's best of show winner Robin Barker returned and showed some charcoal drawings, alongside work by his artist wife, Merna. They also sold cards and limited edition prints.

This year's best in show prize went to Harry Caunce, who lives in Mellor but is often seen painting in the Gargrave area.

"The show went very well," said Alan Poxon, chairman of the Gargrave Art Committee. "We had just under 1,000 people going through the exhibition."

Next year's exhibition will take place a week later - from July 16 to 19.