The sun shone as thousands of jazz fans descended on Upton-upon-Severn for the 34th annual jazz festival.

Upton’s historic riverside was filled with stalls selling everything from Thai street food to colourful clothing as music rang out from the town’s pubs and clubs.

Jazz fans from as far afield as the US and Australia gathered to hear some of the world’s best bands play Dixieland, hot club, gipsy and European jazz in ten venues, including the Conway Castle riverboat,

A lively fringe festival, featuring musicians from across the country, took place in the yard at The Swan Hotel, attracting crowds across the weekend.

And the annual gospel-style church service, held in the parish church, was once again standing-room only as crowds stood spilled outside into the churchyard to listen to the music.

Rachel Hayward, musical director, said this year’s festival was the best yet.

“We’ve had the most fantastic weekend,” she said. “The weather was absolutely brilliant - perfect for chilling out with friends and family and listening to some of the best jazz this side of New Orleans.

“It’s been amazing to see so many new faces here and bands were playing to packed houses all across the weekend.”

Musical highlights included sets from Budapest Ragtime Band, Hungary’s premier jazz outfit, and Dan Cassidy, brother of the late-great Eva.

The Best of Young Jazz programme featured sets from Hanley Castle High School and Kidderminster College, as well as The Chantry High School in Martley and the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Lizzie Kemp, who comes from Leigh Sinton, near Malvern, attended with her husband.

“It’s been such a fantastic weekend,” she said. “The atmosphere has been brilliant, and it’s been great to sit outside in the sun and listen to such great music.”