There was dancing in the street as a new Hartlepool Folk Festival got off to a great start.
A huge variety of musicians, singers and folk groups entertained people during three fun-packed days at venues across the Headland.
Organisers staged concerts and workshops celebrating the rich music, heritage and traditions of Teesside and the North East.
The line up featured everyone from established folk performers to new up and comers.
Events took place in venues including St Mary’s Church, St Hilda’s Church, the Duke of Cleveland pub.
There were also outdoor performances by teams of sword dancers and Morris dancers in Town Square where there was also a food and craft markets.
The centre-piece of the weekend was a concert celebrating the songs and people of the coal mining industry.
It took place in St Hilda’s Church on Saturday night and included members of the Durham Miners’ Association.
Joan Crump, one of the festival’s organisers, said: “The festival was absolutely fantastic.
“The great thing is we had so many people from outside the region come and enjoy everything that Hartlepool and the Headland has to offer.
“There was a real buzz and festival atmosphere in the town square on Saturday morning for the Morris dancers.
“We have had nothing but positive comments from people.” Visitors from as far away as Australia and Canada attended the festival which was supported by a £15,000 Arts Council England grant.
Organisers are already planning for next year.