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Pictures: Brollies out at Pilton Green Man Day

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 17 July 2017

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

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Wet weather fails to dampen spirits at popular Barnstaple community event.

Thousands of people attended Pilton Green Man Day on Saturday.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

Summers showers meant there were as many brollies as there was bunting, but the colourful community celebration of fertility, nature – and all things green – was a popular as ever.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

A noisy procession set off from Barnstaple Square at 11am, bringing the High Street to a standstill on its way to Pilton.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

Many joined the parade on route and despite the wet weather, people packed into Pilton Street to watch it make its way to the Rotary Gardens.

Wren Frost, 18, from Barnstaple, performs his own songs on the Top Stage at Pilton Green Man Day. Picture: Andy KeebleWren Frost, 18, from Barnstaple, performs his own songs on the Top Stage at Pilton Green Man Day. Picture: Andy Keeble

Visitors enjoyed to performances of the green Man pageant, as well as live music on four stages, stalls, sideshows, games and plenty of food and drink.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man, is an ancient pagan symbol often found depicted in carvings in old churches, including in Pilton’s St Mary’s. The pageants enacted in the gardens represent the initial dislike of the Green Man by Pilton’s prior, before the eventual inclusion of the pagan carving in the church.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

Pilton Green Man Day stems from an ancient charter for a market and fair in Pilton granted by Edward III in 1344. Today, the event is now overseen by a new charitable trust, the Pilton Green Man CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and funds raised on the day go to community and voluntary groups in Pilton.

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Green Man procession makes its way from Barnstaple Square to Pilton on Saturday morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

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