A bird of prey and a terrier dog battled it out in a race against each other at a popular town Heritage Day.

Thousands of people descended on Amersham Old Town on Sunday (September 11) for the annual event, which boasted a jam-packed programme .

Steve Catanach, town clerk, has hailed the day as ‘perfect’ and ‘utterly successful’.

He said: “The weather played a part - visitor numbers were up from previous years, we had more attractions than previous years.

“Everyone we spoke to was very positive about the day.”

Estimating that there were close to 6,000 people at times throughout the day, Mr Catanach said another added bonus this year was the lack of cars.

Heritage buses ferried crowds from Chesham and Chesham Bois to Amersham , reducing the number of motorists on the road which had been a problem in previous years.

Mr Catanach added: “It was just totally packed.”