Hundreds enjoy the annual celebration of all things elephant

Oliver Byrne, 5, was one of many youngsters to get his face painted during Elephant DayOliver Byrne, 5, was one of many youngsters to get his face painted during Elephant Day

HUNDREDS enjoyed some huge fun on Saturday as Elephant Day returned to Barnstaple for a seventh year.

There was plenty to do on the Square, with Victorian fairground rides and a number of stalls surrounding a giant fake elephant – all to commemorate the discovery in 1844 of straight-tusked elephant fossils in nearby Summerland Street.

There were also a number of local crafts and foods on offer, plus face painting and live music from a youth marching band and Samba Baia.

The Elephant Parade took to the streets at 3.30pm, with the public getting involved in elephant costumes of their own.