See all the best pictures as crowds flock to waterfront for Hartlepool events

The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.
The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.

Thousands of people flocked to the waterfront for two big late-summer events in Hartlepool this weekend.

Crowds were entertained with arts and music at Jackson’s Landing on Saturday at the Waterfront Festival.

MIss Toni Academy choir perform at the Waterfront Festival.

MIss Toni Academy choir perform at the Waterfront Festival.

A number of people performed on the main stage during the event, including children’s favourites Cook and Line, from CBeebies, and former X Factor star Jake Quickenden.

On Sunday, meanwhile, more than 1,000 people watched the town’s annual raft-making race – the highlight of the annual carnival.

Eight brave groups took to the icy waters.

Our photographer Kevin Brady was there to capture all the action from the two events.

The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.

The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.

Singer Channy Thompson performs at the Waterfront Festival.

Singer Channy Thompson performs at the Waterfront Festival.

The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.

The Waterfront Festival at Jackson's Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday.

Singers from the Miss Toni Academy at the Waterfront Festival.

Singers from the Miss Toni Academy at the Waterfront Festival.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

Crowds attend the Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

Crowds attend the Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

Winning team Oar Some at the Hartlepool Raft Race.

Winning team Oar Some at the Hartlepool Raft Race.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.

The annual Hartlepool Raft Race at the Headland on Sunday.