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Popular west Leeds festival’s final farewell

I Love West Leeds festival organiser Jane Earnshaw pictured in a knitted shed at past event.

I Love West Leeds festival organiser Jane Earnshaw pictured in a knitted shed at past event.

The organisers of a popular Leeds festival said it will be axed after falling victim to funding cuts.

I Love West Leeds Festival has helped residents unleash their creative sides with a variety of weird and wonderful community events over the last decade.

But festival director Jane Earnshaw said residents are invited to bid farewell to the popular event next month with a final party.

She said: “The writing was on the wall a few years ago when we lost a really vital bit of core funding.

“We limped on doing a bit less but it was just not sustainable.

“We have had such an amazing time and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped because we couldn’t have done it without volunteers and people in the community championing us.”

The I Love West Leeds festival attracts thousands every year to a huge range of quirky and fun activities which are put on over three weeks in July.

But organisers are set to hold one final celebration in Charlie Cake Park on Saturday, June 14, to bid farewell to the popular event and there will be a performance from the popular Citizens Orchestra.

Jane added: “I want to say thank you to everyone who has said yes to us when we have come up with our unusual ideas.”

Previous weird and wonderful highlights of the festival, which was launched in 2005, have included a ‘knitting’ theme - including a knitted garden shed with knitted tools and accessories.

And In 2008, when the theme was ‘pants’, schools were sent hundreds of pairs of brand-new pristine white Y-fronts and pupils asked to decorate them in the most creative and fun way possible.

For more information about the festival visit www.ilovewestleeds.co.uk.

 

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