Young people from Chester helped bring the city’s medieval history to life on the weekend.
Children from Belgrave, Hoole All Saints, Boughton Heath, Newton, Mill View, Cherry Grove and Dee Point primary schools, students from West Cheshire College and young actors from Minerva Arts were just some of the groups taking part in the Midsummer Watch Parade on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Tweeting photographs of their fiery monsters @DeePointPrimary posted: “Huge thank you all children families and staff from our amazing school for the Midsummer Watch Parade. A special place.”
The children from Belgrave and Hoole were dressed as suns for the summer solstice celebration, although the actual shining orb was rather shy on the Saturday as the procession battled a downpour.
Artistic director Russell Kirk said: “It all went ahead despite the rain on the Saturday and the crowds were absolutely brilliant.”
The parade, led by Bella Leaning and the Ancient City Drum, began at Town Hall Square before winding its noisy way through the city streets.
Characters included the city’s Family of Giants, beasts, mythical creatures, a ship, an elephant, the goddess Gaia and a new camel from the Gobi desert.
Cheshire Young Carers Network were the ravens and West Cheshire College a raven band.
The medieval pageant was first recorded in 1498, when it was organised by the city guilds and was abandoned in the 1670s.
A revival in 1989 has continued annually and the 2015 was supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Changing Gear and The Friends of the Watch, supported by Chester Freemen and Guilds and Light Blue Touch Paper Arts Group.