A WILD night of revelry with bonfires and drums has marked Edinburgh’s most spectacular local festival at Calton Hill.

Re-ignited in 1988, the Beltane Fire Festival has become a cultural institution in the city and the 30th event attracted thousands of onlookers.

Founded by members of industrial music group Test Dept, who work with a small group of enthusiasts including poet Hamish Henderson and folklorist Margaret Bennett, the festival draws upon Celtic traditions.

Beltane is one of the four quarter-day festivals that mark the changing seasons.

To celebrate the festival entering its 30th year, its 300 volunteer performers, drummers, dancers and production team were encouraged to think big.

The fire arch the procession passed through was far larger and more elaborate than ever before and for the first time audience members had a chance to process through it themselves.

This was a nod to Celtic traditions that believe fire to have cleansing properties.

Erin Macdonald, chair of Beltane Fire Society, said: “Over the past 30 years the festival has evolved from a handful of performers and a pretty small crowd into a cultural institution attracting thousands of attendees from all over the world.”