Leeds television star’s support for suburb’s first festival

Kay Mellor with volunteers at Meanwood Festival.

Kay Mellor with volunteers at Meanwood Festival.

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HUNDREDS of festivalgoers and a television personality flocked to Meanwood for a special 10-day event celebrating the area.

The first ever Meanwood Festival boasted over 60 events and culminated in the annual fun day, held at the cricket pitch at Parkside Road yesterday.

Kay Mellor is presented with some flowers from Karen Waddington.

Kay Mellor is presented with some flowers from Karen Waddington.

The fun day was opened by Leeds television actress and scriptwriter Kay Mellor and was bigger than ever, with over 40 community and craft stalls, food from around the world and children’s activities.

Organiser Chris Swales said: “We decided to organise a festival for Meanwood to build on the momentum of last year’s fun day which attracted nearly 2,000 visitors.

“We wanted to showcase the fantastic range of activities the area has to offer.

“Nestled between Headingley and Moortown, we tend to get overlooked but we have a vibrant, energetic community here that we want to promote.”

The Meanwood Festival was the first of its kind, with 15 different locations across north Leeds hosting events including music, art, dance, film, sport, health, heritage, drama, food and drink.

It was organised by the Meanwood Valley Partnership and there are hopes it could become a permanent fixture.

Mr Swales added: “Generous funding awarded by the Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Programme and sponsorship from Moores Homes and Leeds City Council have enabled us to develop the festival, which we hope will become a regular annual event.”

Groups and businesses organised taster sessions such as ukulele-playing, salsa dancing and Tai Chi.

There were also exhibitions of photographs, arts and crafts and a dog show.

Ringside Brewery also produced a special Meanwood Festival Ale called ‘Stonegate’ which will be served at local pubs.

For more information about the festival, visit www.meanwoodfestival.co.uk or www.meanwoodvalleypartnership.co.uk.

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