PICTURES: Public gather to vote for favourite busking act
Buskers took the streets to sing and play instruments as part of an effort bid to make a town more musical.
Twenty musicians performed in front of thousands of people in the inaugural Great Taunton Busk-off in the town centre.
The competition winner was Jan's Swing Band – that included both youngsters and more mature singers – and gained the highest proportion of the 350 votes cast.
Councillor Norman Cavill, of Taunton Deane Council, said: "We have some wonderful public spaces and many talented people, so what better way to entertain and encourage locals and visitors than by showcasing local talent?"
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A variety of other solo artists and groups took part in the event, bringing a variety of music styles to the Somerset town, which managed to escape the bad weather.
Sisters Natalie and Hannah Deason-Barrow sung together, while local musician Jon Maybey entertained an audience with a number of tunes played on his electric guitar.
Estelle Jackson gave a solo performance with her oboe, while Jennie Glas played her guitar.
Young singer Jess Handley played the electric keyboard and sang the Elton John classic Your Song, a chart-topping record cover for Ellie Goulding in 2010.
Another talented youngster was Stevie Brown who sang Rihanna's record Stay.
Each entrant applied to the council to perform in areas such as Castle Green and Goodland Gardens.
At the event, each musician was assigned a dedicated busking area for one hour where they could perform their own style of music.
The public were invited to vote for their favourite, and the Jan's Swing Band will have the chance to showcase their talent on the main stage at this year's Christmas event in the town.