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.
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’.
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.