Spring was welcomed in by the Hare Krishna community in Letchmore Heath at the weekend with the festival of colours. 

Members of the temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hilfield Lane celebrated the festival, also known as Holi, on Sunday.

Spokesman Radha Mohan Das said: "It was a phenomenal day. What a difference a year makes. Last year there was snow, and this year we had the highest attendance with around 10,000 people there. We have received a lot of positive feedback."

Traditionally, the festival of Holi is celebrated as a harvest festival, welcoming the colourful spring season in India. It is a time when seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and when the country rises from its winter slumber.

The festivities included vegetarian food and traditional Indian music, and finished with a bonfire to mark the ancient story of the boy saint Prahlada, who was saved from a raging fire set by his aunt Holika.