Organisers have hailed Saturdays Pilton Green Man festival as the best-ever. Huge crowds flocked to Pilton on Saturday for the annual event, with activities on offer ranging from a colourful pageant to throw a sponge at a cub scout. Organisers were keen to take the free community event back to its roots this year, promoting a community day out rather than a music festival. Chairman Dave Butt said: I think it was very successful and we managed to create an inclusive, family day. The move was partly in recognition of festival founder Hamish Patrick (who passed away last year) and I think if he was looking down he would have enjoyed it. The day kicked off with a large procession, starting from Barnstaple Square in the morning. It drew huge crowds as it made its way up the High Street, along Pilton Causeway and up Pilton Street to Pilton House. The giant Green Man, played by stand-in Matt Lemon, led the way, stopping to say hello and give high fives to intrigued youngsters. The pageants tell the story of the ancient Green Man as depicted in carvings at St Mary the Virgin Church in Pilton. Pilton Street was bustling with a wide variety of craft and food stalls, with even more diverse stalls within the house grounds. Three stages featured top local musical talents, and all of the proceeds from the day will be pumped back into the Pilton community. Mr Butt added: It was probably our best ever, not just because of the numbers of people but the family atmosphere was superb. I cant thank enough the army of volunteers who made the day possible.