Slideshow: Spooky theme for Ossett’s food and craft market

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A Hallowe’en event with pumpkin carving and dance performances drew hundreds of people to Ossett market on Saturday.

The Building Ossett Better (BOB) event began with a performance by the LiquiDance group and spooky poetry readings from Ossett Poetry Group, which meets weekly at Eller Coffee.

It concluded with theatre dance performances from West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre, which is based in the town, and the Yew Tree Youth Theatre.

Nineteen pumpkin decorators entered a competition, with winners selected by visitors to the market voting for their favourite.

Chris Oldroyd and Linda Hardy were joint winners, each with 51 votes, and they won vouchers to spend at businesses in the town.

CreationStation helped to keep young visitors busy with art-based activities, while Ossett Trefoil Guides provided the opportunity to decorate lanterns with a Hallowe’en theme.

John Whiteman, chairman of BOB community interest company, said: “It was a fun packed day enjoyed by everyone who attended. The weather was mixed, with rain, blustery winds and sunshine, but the performers took it in their stride and carried on.

“We were really impressed by all the various performances on the day, along with the entries to the pumpkin competition. There was an excellent standard of decorated and carved pumpkins – thanks to everyone who took part - we’re looking forward to an even bigger number of entries next year.

“The interest in the pumpkins by the visitors to our monthly market was incredible and the performances were inspiring.”