New Year's Eve in Allendale was marked by continued tradition, with the annual ceilidh in Allendale Village Hall followed by the impressive Tar Bar’ls procession and bonfire at midnight in the market square.

Conceived by David Oliver, leader of The Hedgehog's Skin ceilidh band, the event has been entertaining villagers since 2006.

Hexham Courant: Newcastle Kingsmen clog dancingNewcastle Kingsmen clog dancing (Image: Allen Valleys Folk Festival)

Mr Oliver said: "The Hedgehog’s Skin’s New Year Party at Allendale has been running since 2006, and this year's was one of the best ever.

Hexham Courant: Happy eaters at Allendale Village HallHappy eaters at Allendale Village Hall (Image: Allen Valleys Folk Festival)

"A full house with a vibrant, friendly atmosphere from start to finish, the dance-floor always full, and a great contribution from Newcastle Kingsmen clog and rapper sword dancers."

Catering and bar staff's 'speed and efficiency' heavily influenced the success of the gathering which saw more than 180 attendees.

Christine Garner, Chair of Allendale Village Hall, recognised the efforts of the volunteers and highlighted the cheerful spirit of the event.

She said: "This is such a fun event, and everybody is up for a dance.

"Feeding so many people in one go is a challenge but we have a great team of volunteers who prepare and serve the food with good humour and serenity!

"Love it, bring on next year."

Craig Atkinson, Chairman of the organisers, Allen Valleys Folk Festival, praised both the venue and its services, and was appreciative of the audience's enthusiasm.

Mr Atkinson said: "Allendale Village Hall is a perfect venue for events like this.

"The catering and bar service was superb.

"And of course the music and audience engagement were both brilliant."