OVER a thousand people attended Trafford’s first ever apple festival.

The autumn event, which celebrated all things apple, took place on Sunday, October 7 in Moor Nook Park in Sale.

The harvest festival is the second event this year organised by The Friends of Moor Nook Park.

In February, the Friends group held a community get-together to mark the planting of the community orchard, which has now beared fruit.

Families from Sale Moor enjoyed autumnal crafts, apple tasting and pressing, as well as the usual fun day fayre of face painting, glitter tattoos and cakes.

But the real stars of the show were the exotic animals and birds provided by Trafford animal education company, Jewel of the Jungle, .

The children handled snakes, spiders, chameleons and birds of prey.

Janet Plumb, event organiser of the Friends group, said: “We are so grateful for everyone getting behind this event.

“There are so many Sale businesses that have donated prizes and individuals who have lent their time.

“The reason this event works so well is because of the community’s generosity.”

“I was especially pleased that ceramic artist Grace Igoe was able to spend the day with us, helping the children make clay faces on the trees.”

Emma Dobson, chair of the Friends group, said: “Again, we have been blessed with good weather!

“It started off a bit nippy when we were setting up this morning, but the mulled apple juice and cider, and the great turnout, has kept us all warm!”