Ulverston’s iconic Dickensian Festival has firmly established itself as a festive favourite on the Christmas calendar.

Every year since its creation in 1999, the festival has attracted thousands of residents and visitors to the streets of Cumbria to enjoy the entertainment, vintage costumes and themes.

The event would eventually become a recurring tradition enjoyed by thousands of people.

The Mail reported in 1999: “Frost added to the atmosphere provided by an array of old-fashioned costumes worn by the townsfolk and the shopkeepers.”

It is estimated that during its first year the Dickensian Festival hosted more than 1,000 people who withstood the harsh cold weather to enjoy the attractions.

In 2005, more than 30,000 people were counted at the festival as the Victorian-themed weekend had become a stable of the community.

In 2008, the festival experienced a cold atmosphere with a thin layer of flog as crowds gathered to celebrate the event's ninth year.

In attendance was a pipers band which marched through the town during the opening stages of the day.

Members of the public lined the street at the well-attended festival to watch the band as they passed through the town centre.

Despite the foggy, damp weather, the Dickensian fair still received a very high number of visitors who braved the cold to view the shows and acts included in the schedule.

This was not the only year when bad weather came down on the festival.

In 2015, visitors were hailed as "amazing" as they braved torrential rain and high winds.

The bad weather turned to pouring rain which went on continuously during the Dickensian Festival this weekend but it didn't put people off enjoying the occasion.

Despite a yellow weather being issued by the Met Office, thousands of people still took to the streets to visit the wide array of stalls and watch the free entertainment.

The year did not break the record for the most visitors to the Dickensian but the typical enthusiasm and excitement was still high and the festival was hailed as a tremendous opening for the Christmas period.