All the fun of the fest in Leeds despite the weather

9 July 2016.......      Dale Woodcock with his knitted finger puppets and knitted van at the  Kirkstall Festival,  in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Picture Tony Johnson.

9 July 2016....... Dale Woodcock with his knitted finger puppets and knitted van at the Kirkstall Festival, in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Picture Tony Johnson.

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Heavy showers may have hit Kirkstall Festival for the first time in years – but it didn’t cloud the fun.

Thousands still turned out for what is thought to be the largest summer community event in Leeds, with the parade even bigger than the previous year.

9 July 2016.......      Little Amelia Brown, 4 from Horsforth,  in her waterproofs at Kirkstall Festival,  in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Picture Tony Johnson.

9 July 2016....... Little Amelia Brown, 4 from Horsforth, in her waterproofs at Kirkstall Festival, in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Picture Tony Johnson.

Despite the weather, an array of music, entertainment and performances all took place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday.

The event – the 36th - is organised by Kirkstall Festival Committee, which is part of Kirkstall Valley Community Association.

John Liversedge, chairman of the committee, said: ”It’s the first time it’s rained like that during my tenure over the last 16 years.

“There was a good turnout – not as many as last year but we expected that. Though it rained, it wasn’t cold.

“It was a good day and the parade was bigger than the one last year, which I was amazed about.

“There were approaching 1,000 people in the parade, it was massive.”

He said the rain had caused a few issues with the site and problems with vehicles getting stuck, but they had coped well with them.

Mr Liversedge thanked everyone who worked hard to help with the event, especially all the volunteers and those who assisted at short notice.

There were over 160 stalls on the day, a battle of the bands and a tea dance, as well as a comedy club in the cloisters at the Abbey.

Attractions for youngsters included storytelling from play centre the Rainbow Factory and a giant colouring book created by engineers at the University of Leeds.

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