IT’s a few days after Valentine’s Day but the rides are now rolling.
The 20th annual Great Leeds Valentine’s Fun Fair was officially turned live yesterday by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna.
Stewart Robinson, speaking on behalf of International Funfairs, which organises the annual spectacular in conjunction with Leeds City Council, said: “We now have some of the finest rides, stalls and entertainment in the country here in Leeds and I’d like to thank the council once again for making this possible.”
The Valentine’s Fair, the oldest fair of its kind and the biggest Valentine’s Fair in the country, will be in Leeds until Sunday, February 27, with opening times from 1pm until 10.30pm daily, except on Saturday (6-10pm), and Tuesday 22 (1-3.30pm) due to football fixtures.
Amongst the array of roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, dodgems, twists and waltzers which have always been the staple diet of the fair, there will be a number of new attractions this year.
One new ride will be the Take Off which was imported from Europe last year; and direct from one of the UK’s top theme parks will be the Top Buzz, which completes a 360 degree loop and is one of the UK’s most thrilling attraction – it will be one of the tallest rides at the fair.
The country’s largest portable roller coaster, the Crazy Mouse, is back and is one of five, which includes the only portable vertical-lift roller coaster in Europe.
These rides, amongst the 150 attractions on offer, are set to appeal to thrill-seekers and families. There is also plenty for those who enjoy more traditional fairground rides, including the gallopers, ghost train and four fun houses.
This year’s chosen charities which the fair will support are Martin House Hospice, at Boston Spa, Wetherby, and the charity Cash for Kids.