Watch: Slideshow of pictures from Hartlepool's Waterfront Festival

Spectators stepped on up to the Waterfront Festival to enjoy a weekend of fun and activities.

The event, organised by Hartlepool Borough Council, attracted thousands of people to the town's Marina to enjoy events such as live music and a visit from a mechanised whale.

Crowds enjoying themselves at the Waterfront Festival.

Crowds enjoying themselves at the Waterfront Festival.

Our photographers were also present and here is a slideshow of pictures from the festival.

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