Festival time for Kent's sweeps

Rochester's Sweeps Festival
Rochester's Sweeps Festival Photo: ITV Meridian

Now in its 32nd year, Rochester's Sweeps Festival celebrates the traditional holiday that chimney sweeps used to enjoy on May Day - the one time of the year when they could put away their tools and have some fun. More than 50 morris sides and entertainers will be celebrating the May Day weekend.

Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: "We're very proud that The Rochester Sweeps Festival has grown every year to become one of the most established May celebrations in Europe, and now offers something for everyone, including families, as well as performances by some of the biggest names in folk music."

The world's biggest morris event is continuing in Rochester as part of the town's traditional May Day celebrations. Thousands have braved the rain to join in. Our reporter Iain McBride was among them.