CROWDS braved biting winds and flocked to Scarborough’s seafront to watch an outdoor performance involving giant puppets and casts of hundreds.

Crowds of school children, amateur actors and music groups all helped stage the performance of Opheus the Mariner – the highlight of the weekend arts festival Coastival in Scarborough.

They braved freezing temperatures to help bring the production to life, which began at Scarborough’s Spa Complex on Friday (February 14) and proceeded along the seafront to the coastal town’s harbour, where giant puppets rose from the sea.

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The production continued yesterday (Saturday February 15) and included a world record attempt for the largest ever puppet, when an 80ft tall Hades was produced.

The three-day Coastival festival also featured live music throughout the town and dozens of free arts events.