A 'REAL party atmosphere' helped a proud town celebrate a double success in true style.

The great British High Street Party in Blackburn drew big crowds to the town centre and ensured that disappointing weather was forgotten.

The event was staged to mark Blackburn winning the Town Centre of the Year award and also being crowned 'Winner of Winners'.

Lots of stalls provided entertainment and street food, while there was Greek dancing, lots of music, classic hits from 'Motown Mix' and a performance by Britain's Got Talent success story Sarah Ikumu.

Also on offer among others were a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, giant stilt walkers and red, white and blue giveaways.

Crowds were so big that the Mall car park was full, meaning Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry was unfortunately delayed before he opened an official plaque on King William Street with Blackburn MP Kate Hollern.

Cllr Colin Rigby, Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, also hosted a civic reception.

Harriet Roberts, manager of Blackburn Business Improvement District, which organised the celebration, was delighted after the party.

She said: "It was a really memorable afternoon. Everybody has been in such a good mood.

"It had all the ingredients of a great party and I feel proud to have been part of it."