SLIDESHOW: Sunny festival is just so sweet

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Tens of thousands of people descended on Pontefract last weekend, making the 18th annual liquorice festival a sweet success.

The sun shone all day as crowds descended on the town centre to see it transformed into a sweet lover’s dream.

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured 11 year old Matthew Hopper with 4 year old Bubo the Indain Eagle Owl from Park Rose Birds of Prey at the festival.PONT1407137GBg

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured 11 year old Matthew Hopper with 4 year old Bubo the Indain Eagle Owl from Park Rose Birds of Prey at the festival.PONT1407137GBg

Lucy Liquorice welcomed visitors to the event, which included liquorice accessory making and liquorice themed kite making.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture and libraries, said: “The continued success of the liquorice festival is fantastic for district.

“The event brings the whole community together and the fact that we get visitors travelling from not only across the country but from around the world is a clear sign of how popular this unique festival is. We had the weather on our side for the whole weekend.”

Visitors were encouraged to get involved online by tweeting about the event using the #liquoricefestival hashtag, which were then displayed on a ‘Twitter Wall’.

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured balloon seller Keith Atkins in the town centre.PONT1407137GBL

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured balloon seller Keith Atkins in the town centre.PONT1407137GBL

Organisers Wakefield Council said around 30,000 people came to the festival, which is believed to be the only one in the world to celebrate the unusual plant.

Liquorice is thought to have been brought to Pontefract by a member of the De Lacy family who built Pontefract Castle, or by Benedictine monks that came to town in 1090.

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Finton Wheelhouse aged 7 from South Milford trys his luck on the 'test your strength machine' with Uncle Tackos Imaginarium Theatre Group.PONT1407137GBK

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Finton Wheelhouse aged 7 from South Milford trys his luck on the 'test your strength machine' with Uncle Tackos Imaginarium Theatre Group.PONT1407137GBK

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Lucy Liquorice at the festival PONT1407137GBI

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Lucy Liquorice at the festival PONT1407137GBI

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Macey Kitchin aged 7 from South Kirby gets a balloon flower from stilts man 'Big Red''PONT1407137GBe

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Macey Kitchin aged 7 from South Kirby gets a balloon flower from stilts man 'Big Red''PONT1407137GBe

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured 'Chicks with Sticks' dressed as Liquorice Allsorts at the festival PONT1407137GBh

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured 'Chicks with Sticks' dressed as Liquorice Allsorts at the festival PONT1407137GBh

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Lillie Cartwright aged 6 makes Medieval spice bags on the 'you are what you eat stall' at the festival   PONT1407137GBa

14th July 2013.'Pontefract Liquorice Festival.'Pictured Lillie Cartwright aged 6 makes Medieval spice bags on the 'you are what you eat stall' at the festival PONT1407137GBa