THE annual Dickensian Festival in Ulverston was blessed with sunny but cold weather as people from across the UK flocked to the historic market town.

There was plenty of people in their Dickens themed costumes getting involved with the spirit of the festival and perusing all the market stalls had to offer.

Not many were dissuaded by the cold weather as hundreds were wrapped up warm to content with the frosty weather and see what the variety of stalls were putting on show.

From gin to bespoke wooden chopping boards - the stalls had it all. One business owner came all the way from Chorley to set up her stall selling her all-natural sauces and jams.

"This is our fourth year now, it has not been as busy as previous years but considering we have just had Covid this is a great turn out," Hannah Charles of Hannah's Country Kitchen said.

"We started with four different products when we first came here but now, we have 25.

"All our products are glute free and vegan.

"The festival is great as they have a huge variety and they spread out the stalls, so you are getting something different everywhere you go.

"Every year we are going to be doing the Dickensian in future.

"I came in the first place because I did my research on different markets and this one looked really good.

"My godparents live here so we know Ulverston but the first year we came it really took us by surprise as we didn't have enough stock and were not warm enough, so we have learned our lesson."

She went on to say how having a stall next to Pie in Demand, and both stallholders spoke of the great atmosphere the festival had.

There were smiles all around with many shop owners dressing up - going the extra mile to put across the classic Dickens theme.

Ebenezer Scrooge could be seen roaming around alongside Alistair Fleming who was dressed up as a chimney sweep high up on stilts.

Deputy mayor Cllr Michelle Scrogham was spotted amongst the crowds taking part as were many other community figures - supporting the town's festival.

Ulverston Rotary also did a fantastic job of stewarding the event and sorting the parking facilities for festival goers.