Straw Bear Festival 2015 - in pictures & video

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Celebrations took place at the weekend as crowds lined the streets of Whittlesey for the annual Straw Bear Festival.

People from as far away as Germany and the USA came over for the 10 and 11 January event to take in the colour and vibrancy of the festival.

The Straw Bear festival at Whittlesey. EMN-151001-215253009

The Straw Bear festival at Whittlesey. EMN-151001-215253009

They were joined by a good turnout from locals who were fortunate the early morning rain had swept away before the parade began.

Led by the straw bear, the parade left the Manor Leisure Centre at 10.30am and returned there mid-afternoon after coming through the market place.

Spectators to the parade were treated to an array of people wearing colourful and outlandish costumes who walked past.

Onlookers could also enjoy the sounds of drumming and the dance routines of the many groups who joined in the festivities.

Festival-goers were also able to attend story-telling sessions and poetry on the Saturday as well as a barn dance in the evening at the Sir Harry Smith Community College.

The college played host to a music and dance session on Sunday afternoon before the burning of the Straw Bear took place at 2.30pm.

The event’s director Ann Saxton said: “It was a fantastic festival this year. Everything went smoothly and we no had incidents reported to police.

“The weather was kind to us and everybody was having a great time. We had lots of good comments from people who had never been before.

“We also had local people who had not been before but who said they will come next year.”