AN annual festival was hit by rain, but still formed one of the highlights in a busy September for Ulverston.

The town’s annual Charter Festival began on Saturday, celebrating the granting of the Market Charter in 1280 by Edward I.

The event continues with the Mayor’s charter coffee morning at the Coronation Hall on Thursday, and the lantern festival on Saturday.

Although it was a wet weekend, the town’s mayor, Councillor Dave Webster, hailed it a success.

He said: “With the Tour of Britain on Friday, and the Tour de Furness on Sunday, there was definitely a feel-good factor.

“With these events and the Rotary Club also running a well-being event, we have been pushing the health angle.

“September is a busy month after a quiet August, and it’s good to see lots of people getting involved.”

The weekend was Cllr Webster’s first Charter Festival engagement, and saw him involved with judging a gardens competition, a fun dog show, and awarding a prize for the best decorated bike that adorned the streets for the visit of the Tour of Britain – won by St Mary’s Hospice.