SPOOKY sights and sounds of terror were out in force as hundreds enjoyed the return of Frankenfest on Saturday.

The popular event took over Southbourne Grove with a day of action and entertainment led by residents and businesses.

Frankenfest featured a children’s parade, street entertainment and food, with many acts performing live on stage.

Fiona McArthur, chair of Southbourne-on-Sea Business Association, led the organisation of this year’s Frankenfest.

She told the Daily Echo: “One of the most amazing things about Southbourne is how the community comes together.

“Frankenfest, which grew on the event we had last year, has only happened because the community asked us to do it.

“Traders, the Coastal BID and residents have come together to use their skills for free. The event doesn’t make a profit. It is really amazing to see everyone reacting so positively to it.”

From scary cheerleaders to a group of dancing life-sized chickens, Frankenfest provided a unique range of entertainment. The event saw a strong turnout despite the bitterly cold weather.

Ms McArthur added: “Everyone enjoyed themselves and it is a great opportunity to really celebrate Southbourne and what it has to offer.

“Off the back of the Shake and Stir festival, the community really has confidence that these events work. Traders can see the benefit and it has helped show to the BID what people are willing to do for Southbourne.

“As a volunteer the biggest reward for me is seeing everyone enjoying themselves.”

Janet House, of Chick-King Southbourne takeaway restaurant, was one of the six life-sized chickens to perform on stage at Frankenfest.

“It was the first time we have done something on stage and it was an honour to be asked,” she said.

“We did two short practice sessions and it really came off. Frankenfest is a brilliant event.”