A VILLAGE was transformed into an angels wonderland at a festival over the weekend.

The two-day Altham Angels event, now in its second year, saw around 40 people make life-sized angels to display around the village.

Angels on show at the festival, organised by members of the ancient parish church of St James’s, included a minion angel, an angel dressed as an England football player, and a Robbie Williams angel.

Visitors were also provided with an 'Angel Trail' map showing the locations of all the angels in the village - and it included a voting slip for the 'most humorous angel', the 'most artistic angel' and the 'most original angel'.

While the trail also included Altham's very own version of Pokemon Go - 'called Altham Angels Go', where visitors have to find the six 'augmented' angels scattered around the village using their tablets and smartphones.

Organisers hoped that a 'few thousand' people would attend the festival, which aimed to raise money for the upkeep of the church including its roof, despite the unsettled weather.

Sue Tinker, one of the organisers of the festival, said it had proven to be a 'success'.

She said: "We're hoping that around 2,000 people attended the event despite the bad weather.

"The event started last year as the church needed a new roof and the money raised as seen work done on part of it, and we're hoping money raised this year can help us carry out work on another part of the roof and contribute towards the upkeep of the church.

"The festival has proved very popular and it's a great way of bringing the community together."

Mum Nicki Fishlock, 35, from Altham, said: "My seven-year-old son Dylan designed an angel of an England footballer.

"We came last year and it's just a really fun event, and it would be nice of course if Dylan can win an award for his angel."

Other events saw a fun zone in the village with a bouncy castle and children's craft activities, light and dark box and a virtual reality table.

While the church also opened up its historic church registers and gave guided tours of its building, which was 500 years old in 2012.

On the Saturday, in the school hall, there were also craft stalls and refreshments outside on the school car park, while a car boot sale took place on Sunday in the village.