THOUSANDS of people enjoyed some early festive cheer at the 2017 Otley Victorian Fayre.

The town's big pre-Christmas event took place on Sunday, December 3 when the pedestrianised streets were packed with visitors, stalls and entertainers.

The attractions included everything from a human fruit machine and street theatre to a hog roast, giant snow globe and Punch and Judy shows.

Lots of traders, and some visitors donned Victorian costumes this year to create a Dickensian atmosphere of Christmases past.

That mood was enhanced by the live music on offer, which included carols from local children and choirs, and the haunting sound of street organs.

Among those attending was Otley Town Council Chair Councillor Ray Georgeson, who particularly enjoyed an outdoor performance - A Very Petty Christmas - by the Otley Players.

He said: "I saw the performers entertaining a large crowd late in the afternoon and it summed up the day well.

"There was something for everyone with theatre, music, Morris dancing, fun fairs and plenty of festive and exotic food and drink.

"Congratulations to Steph Lee and her team for another magnificent voluntary effort that is a credit to the town and a huge draw for visitors and locals alike.

"It is very much appreciated by all of us."

Otley Town Partnership Chair Steph Lee, who also leads the sub-group that runs the fayre, said: "The crowds seemed to be a large as usual and the feedback on social media has all been very positive.

"The extra car parks we put on this year worked really well, especially the one dedicated to blue badge holders."And feedback from our own businesses in town was very positive which is great news for us as the fayre kicks off what

should be their busiest trading time of the year.

"Our police officers also entered into the spirit of the event by dressing in Victorian police outfits and I would very much like to give the policing team a very big thank you for all their help on Sunday - and especially for dressing up."

Many of the town's pubs, cafes and shops enjoyed a busy day too - with most of the inns dressing their staff and premises up especially.