CROWDS wrapped up and braved the wintry weekend weather to witness a stunning lantern parade celebrating the treasures of the sea.
The Out of the Blue parade, in Wirral, brought to a close the borough’s Year of the Coast and Countryside in spectacular style.
The magical evening was a feast for the eyes as visitors were treated to a stream of illuminated fish and other creatures from the deep.
As well as an array of curious wheeled contraptions, the audience was wowed by a glowing giant sea bird that towered over spectators who were not deterred by the chilly weather.
The lantern parade was staged around the Marine Lake, in New Brighton, and was organised by Wirral council in conjunction with The Lantern Company.
The parade started by the sailing centre at Marine Point on Saturday evening and ended with a stunning fiery finale on the Marine Lake.
Earlier, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism Cllr Chris Meaden hailed it a fitting end to the Year of Coast and Countryside in Wirral.