WINTER sun beamed down on this year's Ledbury Big Breakfast event last weekend, as hundreds of hungry people flocked to the area for sizzling fun with food.

The three day celebration took place on last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at cafes, pubs, hotels, butchers and delis in and around Ledbury.

Organised by Ledbury Food Group, the event "celebrated the district’s locally produced foods and the importance and joy of a good wholesome breakfast".

Griff Holliday, a member of the Ledbury Food Group said: "Most businesses reported good business through the weekend with breakfasts from the lightest to the most traditional in demand, from bacon, eggs and trimmings through devilled kidneys to avocado on local sourdough, with many different options in between. Saturday was particularly busy, but fortunately many booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

"Ledbury’s weekly Country Market reported good business for their breakfasts on the Friday. The weather was so good that we even had “al fresco” breakfasters enjoying the sun in Church Lane."

Mr Holliday added: "We thank everyone who took part in this popular event which reminds us of our local food heritage and surprises us with the ingenuity of our local food providers. Please let us know if we can do better next time.”

Ledbury's mayor, Councillor Phillip Howells visited most places taking part and said: "Ledbury and district’s three-day Big Breakfast fest is all that is good about local food. The town was buzzing with happy customers and traders were delighted. A fabulous example of why the town is so loved by us who live here and those from many miles around.”

Caroline Handley of The Organic Café thanked all those who came to the special charity middle-east themed breakfasts on Saturday at the Organic Café which raised £570 to help displaced people and those needing medical help in the Middle East.

The following businesses took part: Cameron & Swan, Chez Pascal, Malthouse Café, Market House Café, Muse Café, The Organic Café, Weston’s Cider Scrumpy House, Seven Stars, The Feathers, The Nest, The Snugg, The Talbot, Trumpet Tearoom & Gallery, Y-Pass (for the first time), Ceci Paolo, Handley Organics, Gurney's Family Butchers, Wallers Butchers and the Ledbury Country Market.