FAMILIES gathered together around a bonfire as part of a Hindu festival which reminds people that, in the end, good always triumphs over evil.

People joined together at Bolton Indian Sports Club to mark Dussehra — a tradition to remember the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana.

The annual event, which is similar to bonfire night, saw young and old alike gather around the fire, which was lit at 7.30pm last night.

There were also a variety of stalls for visitors to peruse, including a catering stall by Bolton Halwa Centre.

The initiative has been led by Bolton Hindu Forum – the head organisation for the town’s Hindu temples, community groups, and organisations.

Manu Mistry, one of the trustees, said: “We celebrate Dussehra because it marks the burning of the demon god.

“Every year the event attracts more than 1,000 people.

“People came together and had a joyous day.”

Attendees then participated in traditional dance, Garba, in the sports hall at the Hacken Lane venue. Garba is a form of dance which originated in the state of Gujarat in India.