THE community came together at Canal Foot for a day of celebration at the Ulverston Canal Gala.

Families and friends all took part in the different activities and browsed stalls dotted along the canal.

Children even got the chance to soak their elders with waterlogged sponges as the adults sat trapped in the stocks.

Organisers have praised the community spirit shown by Ulverston Canal Gala goers.

Colin Smith, Canal Foot, Ulverston, the chairman of the Canal Regeneration Group and organiser of the event, said: "It's been a brilliant day with a really lovely community.

"We were lucky with the weather and everyone who came seem to enjoy themselves. They loved the different bands and activities.

"The canoeing which is done by Duddon Canoe Club was really quite popular. The community has really come together and there was a brilliant atmosphere at the Gala today."

Stall holders, volunteers and visitors all had a great day and activities included a coconut shy, canoeing and many more.

The most popular of them all was the crockery range, where children and adults lined up to throw balls at plates and pots and smash as much as possible.

The event was supported by local businesses, charities and clubs.

Dick Johnson from the Rotary Club of Ulverston, said: "The whole day has been absolutely great. It's been lots of fun and it's great to have seen so many people come down.

"There's lots to do and it seemed like everyone was having a good time."

The annual event is put on to raise funds for the Ulverston Canal Regeneration Group so they can preserve and enhance the canal for all Ulverston residents and visitors.

The event was embraced by those who attended, with everyone getting into the festivities.

Andy Poole, from Ulverston, who took his daughter down to the event, said: "There was a good turn out of people at the Gala and there was lots of fun things to do for the kids.

"It's been a typical day in Ulverston, we're well known for putting on these events. It was a good morning out."