A GIANT boar rampaged through the streets of Barnoldswick during the town's first Yule celebration on Saturday.

The 'Bradford Boar' was the highlight of an action-packed event to mark the winter solstice jointly organised by the town council and regeneration company West Craven Together.

Barnoldswick Brass Band serenaded everyone with Christmas tunes, carols were sung on the square, and performers entertained the crowds with a backdrop of winter scenes . A busy Christmas Market filled the Town Square and surrounding streets.

Families took part in Yule lantern-making and followed a town centre trail as they judged Christmas Windows.

The popular vote saw House of Flowers chosen as the town's favourite window display, closely followed by Decisions Decisions and Bonjour. Two lucky people won £50 each in a prize draw for judging the windows.

The event was supported with funding from a Covid recovery grant awarded to West Craven Together.

Company chairman and local councillor David Whipp thanked everyone who helped put on the event and those who attended.

"There was a fantastic crowd at this first-of-its-kind event. Barnoldswick was buzzing. The event succeeded in increasing footfall and boosting trade for businesses.

"Covid willing, we aim to have monthly events through to next spring which will include action in Earby as well. A Festival of Ice and Fire is planned for January 29 with an exciting line-up of activities, followed by a 'Spud Day' food festival in February and 'Mad Hatter' day in March."