CROWDS basked in the August Bank Holiday sun last weekend as the traditional Wakes returned to Tilston.

The Wakes have been held for more than 100 years and once again featured a number of reasons to attend including fairground rides, classic vehicles and an American Civil War re-enactment group, who recreated a typical battle between the Confederates and the Unionists.

And leading affairs over the weekend were the ‘Lord Mayor’ and Miss Wakes, Tilston’s own spin on the king and queen of the fair.

On Saturday, the playing fields rocked to the sound of music, and the family day on Sunday also saw plenty of people enjoying themselves.

Event organiser Alex Moore praised the success of the event, especially the attendance.

“It was really good,” said Alex. “It was good on Saturday night, we had three bands on so that was busy.

“And Sunday was family day so that was busy too. We had the American Civil War re-enactors all weekend so that was a bit different.

“And the weather was great this year, last year it bucketed down and everyone got wet.”