HYNDBURN'S Mela festival has been hailed a huge success after attracting a crowd of 5,000 people.
Earlier this year, the Mela was in danger of being cancelled after Hyndburn Council made cuts to its festivals budget.
But organisers of the Mela raised alternative cash from the Local Community Network, Awards For All, Mid-Pennine Arts and East Lancashire Together to stage a successful event.
Crowds were drawn to Oak Hill Park despite the mixed weather to enjoy a day which began with an hour of activities devoted to young people under the age of 10.
The main stage saw live local and international bands performing throughout the day and elsewhere in the park there was a funfair, arts and crafts activities, community performances, face and henna painting and a catering centre.
Gayle Knight, treasurer of the Hyndburn Mela Committee and marketing officer for Mid-Pennine Arts, said: "The event went really well and attracted at least as many people as last year, with about 5,000 visitors throughout the day.
"The highlight was really that the audience is a very mixed bag of people from different backgrounds.
"They come together in the park, dancing together, eating together, drinking together and really enjoying it.
"That's a fantastic thing for the future of the town and it makes it really important to maintain this event."