FRODSHAM was a hive of activity last weekend for the town’s inaugural bee festival.

There was a buzz in the air at Castle Park as hundreds gathered to enjoy the feast of events to celebrate the community’s heritage of bee-keeping.

Attractions on Saturday included a chocolate tasting workshop, music acts, a football competition and a series of talks by bee experts.

Spirits remained high even when the weather turned for the worse on Sunday, as brave fun-seekers took part in the It’s a Knock Out tournament.

Also making an appearance was the helter skelter, which hundreds of people enjoyed whatever the weather.

One of the highlights of the festival was the Be My Bee competition, which was organised to create a new logo for Frodsham, one that would be recognised as the town’s bee symbol.

The competition proved popular with a total of 51 entries and more than 500 votes cast overall, with the winning entry by nine-year-old Phoebe Hunt, a pupil of Kingsley CofE Primary school.

Among those also contributing to the festival were busy little bees at Frodsham Manor House Primary School.

All children from reception to Year 4 made their own bumble bees.

The bee is the school logo and the school council was successful with its application for a council community grant, which has awarded it £1,000 to begin a meadow project to bring bees back to Frodsham.

The event also marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Rev William Charles Cotton, former vicar of Frodsham, who was noted for introducing honey bees to New Zealand in the 19th century.