Pudsey Carnival is a roaring success

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Lion cubs roared their way through the streets of Pudsey to help celebrate the town’s annual carnival.

Youngsters from the 4th Pudsey Scouts were transformed into lions to bring a touch of West End magic to the town’s carnival.

Their Lion King themed display saw the youngsters claw their way to the top prize for best float on Saturday.

They were among dozens of community groups who braved the early rain to celebrate all things musical at the annual extravaganza.

Thousands of people lined the streets of the town to see a sprinkle of West End glamour.

Dozens of scouts, school groups and community organisations dressed up for the parade which snaked its way through the town to Queen’s Park.

Volunteer Maureen Harrison has worked for decades to help make sure that the highlight of Pudsey’s events calendar is a success each and every year.

She said: “Without the support of the community the carnival just wouldn’t happen.

“I’m pleased with the reaction from the town because it makes it worthwhile and I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who help.

“There is an awful lot of work that goes into this.”

Volunteers from Pudsey and District Carnival Association are already planning how they can top that for next year’s extravaganza.

The historic carnival dates back to July 1, 1898, and was started to help celebrate and promote the town.

During the celebrations Chloe Wilson, 11, was crowned this year’s Carnival Queen.

The Greenside Primary School pupil, who is a member of 3rd Pudsey Guides, said: “I have participated as a princess in the carnival for a number of years and always dreamed of becoming the Queen.”

Money raised from this year’s carnival will support local gymnasts at Leeds Esprit.

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