The BROMYARD Folk Festival, one of the longest-running and prestigious Folk Calendar events, once again attracted thousands of music fans.

And organizers say the event was hailed as the best so far.

Concerts were held at the festival grounds in Broadbridge. There were also events taking place throughout the city, including the Falcon Hotel and Bromyard Town Football Club.

As always, one of the highlights was the Morris dancers, who thrilled the visitors with their colorful, vibrant art form.

This year's festival, the 52nd, was led by Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening.

Other performers include Flook, the Daoirí Farrell Trio, Rosier, Grandma's Loft, Edgelarks, The Tweed Project, The Relentless Ceilidh Band and The Melrose Quartet.

The rest of the folk festival weekend was full of music, singing, dancing, workshops, stories, crafts, food and drink.

The event was sponsored by the Wye Valley Brewery, which is located a few miles away in Stoke Lacy.

Organizer Lynne Barker said: "Everything went absolutely well.

"We had one of the best line-ups we've ever had, and the crowd was huge, so I think we'll have about 3,500 hands over the weekend.

"The torchlight parade on Friday night was well attended, as was the Morris Dancers parade.

Herefordshire First Lieutenant James Harvey-Bathurst, the mayor and mayor of Bromyard, and the mayor of Hereford were all present at the opening, showing just how important the event has become.

"The acts provided some brilliant performances, and I really liked the Tweed Project and the Melrose Quartet.

"The performance of the Youth Camp Ceilidh Band was also great.

"It's very nice to see young people playing folk music, because we need the next generation to carry the music into the future.

"One couple told me it was the best festival they participated in this year."

She said the festival would be impossible without his team of dedicated volunteers.

"We have about 200 volunteers and they are the ones who really make it happen, I can not talk enough about them or thank them for everything they do to make the event possible."