Hundreds enjoy the Hartlepool sunshine at the Greatham Feast

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy one of Hartlepool’s oldest traditions.

The Greatham Feast celebrated its 557th year at the weekend and shows no signs of dwindling in popularity.

Greatham Feast

Greatham Feast

Families packed onto the village green to enjoy an afternoon of fun, with rides, stalls, food stations and games.

There were even donkey rides and live entertainment going on throughout the day.

Earlier this year a new committee took over the organising of the event as many of the former members decided it was time to stand down.

Bronwyn Davis, a current committee member, said there is a good mix of people on the committee of all ages.

It was a really good event

Bronwyn Davis

She said: “We are really pleased with how it went, especially as we are a new committee.

“It has been going for 557 years, so there must have been lots of organisers during that time.”

She said everyone was delighted the sun was shining on the day for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Bronwyn said: “It was a really good event.”

Greatham Feast

Greatham Feast

The feast day on Saturday, kicked off with a parade through the village.

People donned fancy dress to take part, including having president Donald Trump in the line-up as well as Sweeney Todd the barber.

For the first time ever the Greatham Feast had a Feast King and Queen, instead of Feast Queen and attendants. Phillip Baldwin, 13, was crowned king and Erin Alderson, 13, queen.

The feast stretched over four days with lots of activities going on to mark the birthday of St John the Baptist.

The Move It with Amy Ford dance group at the Feat Parade.

The Move It with Amy Ford dance group at the Feat Parade.

These included a Great Greatham Bake Off, a disco, a bonny baby competition, pub games and a church service and a pensioners’ tea.

On Sunday, the last day of the Feast, there were games on the village green, including tug-of-war which the whole community involved got involved with.

The Greatham Feast parade

The Greatham Feast parade

The fancy dress parade was full of characters.

The fancy dress parade was full of characters.

Enjoying an ice cream at the Greartham Feast  are Ellie (4) and Henry (3) Beard of Hartlepool.

Enjoying an ice cream at the Greartham Feast are Ellie (4) and Henry (3) Beard of Hartlepool.