Barnstaple has been painted green once again as hundreds turn out to celebrate passed Pilton heroes. The annual Green Man Festival saw huge crowds line the High Street this morning (Saturday), as the colour and thumping drums of the parade made its way to Pilton Street. In honour of the festivals passed organisers Noel Harley, Hamish Patrick, Albert Linacre, Laurie Wedge and Dave Butt, the festivities paused for a tribute and round of applause outside Twigs Flowers shop. The Green Man on stilts himself said: Its a good turnout, big crowds, and a really different festival for my annual calendar because Ive been part of it for such a long time its become one of the main parts of my career. Theres a lot of heart in the festival its not just a corporate event, and its a nice responsibility to have being such a big part of the day. A celebration of nature, fertility and pagan tradition, the family-friendly festivals roots date back as far as the 14th century. Having gone from strength-to-strength over the last three decades, this years event sees local acts old and new peppered across three stages, along with a host of stalls from arts, crafts, flowers, fundraising groups, alongside street entertainers and a street market. With the summer in full flow, Kathryn Chesworth and Jo Dunbavin of the Parent-Teacher Association at Pilton Community College were selling strawberries and cream to fundraise for the school, and plenty of Pimms and cider was spotted in the Pilton gardens. Capturing the ethos of the festival Tess Price, partner of the late Laurie Wedge who pioneered the festivals organisation and led the parade every year, told the Gazette that he would be proud today, and that he is still here through memory. Its going to be absolutely brilliant its a really lovely day, its a wonderful place and a wonderful event and its really popular people come down for the day from all over the place, she said. Ms Price, who took part in todays parade, added: Its a lovely crowd, lots of people and people really went to town with dressing for the parade so absolutely brilliant. Green Man is special for me is because my partner Laurie used to be the stilt walker at the front of the parade, also it resonated with me because I have a pagan following, thats what I do its very special. He was very pagan orientated, loved his plants, and of all the events he ever did this was his favourite he put everything into it and absolutely loved it. Laurie and I made the costume that Im wearing now, so hes still here.