Plea for help to save popular festival in Leeds

Meanwood Festival,Leeds. Sara Rushworth  from Faery Floss serves up candy Floss to children at the Festival.30th May 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Meanwood Festival,Leeds. Sara Rushworth from Faery Floss serves up candy Floss to children at the Festival.30th May 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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ORGANISERS of the popular annual Meanwood Festival and fun day fear the 2017 event will not go ahead unless more people volunteer to help out.

This year’s ten-day festival in May ended with an estimated 5,000 people enjoying the family fun day at Meanwood Cricket Club on Bank Holiday Monday.

The fun day featured 60 different craft and community stalls, a variety of food from around the world, entertainment and displays.

Entertanment on offer for youngsters included a climbing wall, inflatable play area and donkey rides.

The fun day followed a ten-day programme of 40 events at 17 sites across Meanwood featuring music, art, literature, heritage, drama food and drink.

The festival and fun day are organised by a team of four people – Chris Swales, Chris and Sue Sheard and Karen Waddington.

Mr Swales said: “This year’s Meanwood Festival was hugely popular with more people enjoying a wide variety of activities and the fun day being the biggest event Meanwood has ever seen.

“It’s now so big that without more help we simply can’t put on next years event. It is quite a lot of work and we need more people to step up and take on some of the organisational burden.

“If people don’t step up it probably won’t happen next year. It becomes almost like a full-time job for three or four months leading up to the festival and we haven’t got the time.

“It would be a real shame if it did end. The fun day has been happening for five or six years.

“If you are willing to commit time to make it happen and want to see the Meanwood Festival and Fun Day continue to be a major part of the Meanwood year, please email us at meanwoodvp@hotmail.com”

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