THOUSANDS of people came to Bradford on Avon for the annual St Laurence Street Party on Saturday.

The event, now in its ninth year, is organised by the St Laurence School Association (SLSA) to raise funds for school projects.

Church Street was closed to traffic for the afternoon, as a selection of entertainment was set up.

The event attracted an estimated 2,000 people, with two two stages and musical sets from pupils and residents, alongside stalls selling varied products.

St Laurence School assistant headteacher Sue Cooper said: “It is always a pleasure to see the talent of our young people and the appreciation given to them by everyone.

“This is always a special day in our school calendar, as it is such a unique event. A big thank-you goes to parents, students and staff alike.”

One of the highlights was a haunted house organised by a drama group at the school, while other pupils ran stalls collecting for charitable causes.

A raffle had a top prize of a mountain bike, donated by Mayor John Potter’s shop, John’s Bikes, in Bath.

He said: “It was a great day and there were just tonnes of people enjoying all the things that were going on. It was another fantastic event for residents to enjoy, during what has been a pretty special year for the town.

“I was pleased to donate a bike and there was some quite fierce competition to win it. I picked out the winner and there were just loads of entries.”