Towns and villages in and around Lakeland were caught up in a wave of patriotic fervour on Silver Jubilee Day in 1977 with festivities and celebrations to help make it a day to remember for many years to come.

Colourful parades, street parties and special jubilee sports and games helped to mark the 25th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The weather was kind and allowed the festivities, some of which went on well into the evening and night, to carry on virtually uninterrupted.

With tourists still flocking to the area, hotels served jubilee dinners and laid on cold buffets so guests could watch the celebrations on television.

In Kendal there were more than 40 street parties.

At Grasmere Jubilee Day began with a procession of clergy, choir members and children led by the village band to Broadgate Meadow for a united open-air service by the war memorial.

Later everyone returned to the meadow to be entertained with sports and a tea party in the village hall for children. During celebrations for adults in the evening, a signal rocket was sent up to tell watchers on the slopes of Lord Crag to light the jubilee bonfire.

The Royal Windermere Yacht Club organised a colourful regatta.

Jubilee parties were among the highlights of Ambleside’s celebrations and a relay team of runners took a flaming torch up Loughrigg to Todd Crag to light s 50-feet-high bonfire.

At Kirkby Stephen, the town’s silver band led a procession through the streets.

At Orton the whole of the village centre was cordoned off for a street party.

Virtually the whole of Kirkby Lonsdale turned out to see the jubilee procession led by the town's brass band.

Around 2,000 people attended a parade and gala at Arnside.

Grange Playing Fields were the venue for the town's festivities and among the attractions were maypole dancing, a tug-of-war and 'It's a Knockout'.

Five hundred people watched a procession through Hawkshead and the crowning of jubilee queen, ten-year-old Helen Taylforth.