A VILLAGE held its annual celebration in honour of a famous explorer who lived there as a child.

Youngsters from Great Ayton built their own boats and sailed them down the River Leven for the Day of Sail to mark Captain James Cook’s birthday.

Though born in Marton, Middlesbrough, Captain Cook moved to Airey Holme farm in the village as a child.

The event began at Low Green with judging of the best boat.

Children from local schools entered their boats in one of three age groups, from four up to the age of 11.

Ben Potter’s Birds of Prey also attended the event as did Hambleton’s play ranger team.

At noon there was a service in All Saints’ Church followed by the laying of a wreath at the Cook statue on High Green.