Thousands of people attended Pilton Green Man Day on Saturday. 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. A noisy procession set off from Barnstaple Square at 11am, bringing the High Street to a standstill on its way to Pilton. 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. 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, is an ancient pagan symbol often found depicted in carvings in old churches, including in Piltons St Marys. The pageants enacted in the gardens represent the initial dislike of the Green Man by Piltons prior, before the eventual inclusion of the pagan carving in the church. 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.