Celebrations mark Sweeps Festival in Rochester

Image caption The historic town of Rochester is host to the three-day Sweeps Festival of traditional dance and music

Thousands of people have attended a three-day May Day celebration in Rochester, Kent.

The Sweeps Festival, which is now in its 31st year, brings together folk and traditional dance groups from across the country.

It takes its inspiration, name, and May date from the holiday traditionally given to boy chimney sweeps.

Organisers said it was one of the largest May Day festivals of its kind in the country.

The programme included Morris dancing, folk music, a procession through Rochester, and a Jack-in-the-Green awakening ceremony which is a traditional welcoming of May.

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