Making a splash at Leeds Waterfront Festival

Sam Davies tries out one of the zorbs at the Leeds Waterfront Festival. PIC: James Hardisty

Sam Davies tries out one of the zorbs at the Leeds Waterfront Festival. PIC: James Hardisty

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youngsters certainly helped to make a splash at Leeds Dock this weekend.

Hundreds of visitors flooded into the city to celebrate the eighth Leeds Waterfront Festival.

The annual event helps to bring the city’s four-mile stretch of waterways to life with a mix of music, art, performance and family fun.

And this year saw teams from across the city make waves and battle it out in a Dragonboat race to help raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The waters were transformed into a riot of colour as teams donned fancy dress and went head-to-head to raise money for the charity which was set up in memory of inspirational Jane, who died from cancer aged 43 in 2007.

Beat boxers, DJs, salsa classes and street food were on show to visitors at Brewery Wharfe as part of the two day event this weekend.

And a musical barge was moored outside the Pour House offering a host of performances to the crowds.

Lucy Whalley, from Allied London, which owns Leeds Dock, earlier told the YEP that after eight years, the festival was beginning to generate a greater interest in the waterfront in general.

She said: “There’s never been as much focus on Leeds South Bank.

“We feel at Leeds Dock that we are the catalyst for this change.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for Leeds - there can’t be many cities which have a vast swathe of land right in the centre which is ripe for development and the Leeds waterfront is key to that.

“It’s all eyes on Leeds.”

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