Spooky festival is celebrated in Shrewsbury

Halloween may have been and gone but another spooky festival was celebrated in Shrewsbury.

The Mexican Day of the Dead was marked on Saturday with a parade through the centre of town shortly before lunchtime.

The walk started out from the Darwin Centre and carried on down Pride Hill to the Shrewsbury Market Hall.

The centre of the display was a skeleton bride, one of the most popular images associated with the annual festival.

The Day of the Dead, a time for remembering departed loves ones, is celebrated with festivities and processions involving colourfully dressed skeletons.

It takes place on November 1 in connection with the Catholic festival of All Saints or All Souls Day. People visit and decorate the graves of loved ones.

A central belief of the festival, which is celebrated in many Latin American countries, is that for one day each year the souls of the dead return to walk among the living.

The idea of celebrating the day in Shrewsbury came from Pat Jones, who runs Beyond the Purple Door, an art stall in Shrewsbury’s indoor market,

Pat, who has spent time working as an artist in Mexico, said: “I became fascinated by the festival and wanted to bring the ideas behind it to an audience in the UK.”

The parade finished at her art gallery in the market hall, which was decorated with Day of the Dead themed art.