Celebration of a real Leeds community

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a host of fun activities will ensure this weekend’s New Wortley Community Festival is a real winner, and kickstarts a summer of fun in West Leeds..

Highlights of Saturday’s all-day gala include Word Up West Leeds, a new literary festival for the city, which also extends into Sunday. The celebration of language will include performances from Michele Scally Clark and Matt Abbott, as well as South Asian Arts, LS12 band and more.

Activities over Saturday’s main festival day include illusionists, a community choir, graffiti and art workshops, and local planting initiatives.

With the sun blazing in recent days, there’ll also be a beer festival and barbecue at The Beech pub to keep festival goers energised. The pub event will also celebrate the start of Euro 2016, finishing the night with England vs Russia on the big screen.

There will also be lots of community performances from locals and visitors can have a look around the brand new, refurbished community ecntre in Tong Road.

Bill Graham, development manager at the community centre, said: “Some great things have ben happening in New Wortley in the last few years, with the fostering of real community spirit and a number of initiatives that have led to new investment in the area.

“The New Wortley Festival brings together community groups, local schools, local businesses and residents creating a vibrant colourful event for the whole community.

“It will be a celebration of the area and a community that has led the way in the revival of West Leeds.”

The festival will be spread across 10 venues in total.

The community party is part of a series of summer events organised through the community centre. Last Saturday’s community clean-up day was a great success with 40 volunteers helping fill skips with litter before enjoying a community barbecue.

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