ESCAPOLOGISTS and strongmen surprised shoppers as they strolled into Widnes Market.

The Edwardian entertainment heralded the start of Widnes on sea's summer attractions.

Halton Council marked the start of the First World War with three days of old fashioned fun.

A policeman and recruiting sergeant re-enacted scenes from yesteryear.

All the funfair rides were hand turned as they would have been in the day.

Donkey rides and a sand pit combined with mediterranean temperatures created a relaxing holiday atmosphere.