Warning over Leeds Unity Day ticket ‘scam’

2016: Reveller Alex Goodwin dancing at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park. PIC: Tony Johnson
2016: Reveller Alex Goodwin dancing at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Organisers of a free annual community festival in Leeds are warning people to be wary of an online scam selling tickets for the event.

Hyde Park Unity Day, held once a year on Woodhouse Moor, returns tomorrow (July 22).

23 July 2016 .......     Reveller Ian 'Pet' Pedley at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

23 July 2016 ....... Reveller Ian 'Pet' Pedley at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

It was originally started to show community harmony and cohesion following riots in 1995 which hit the national headlines.

The all-day event features local music and artists, community and charity stalls, a dog show, alcohol-free healing, children’s and gardening areas, a multi-faith tent, the Memory Lane tent for older people and much more – all free. Food for sale is provided by local businesses.

Organisers say a scam has come to light involving a person based in Belfast offering tickets for sale via Skidole, a ticket sales website. An earlier scam was on Eventbrite.

Kyle Smith, chair of this year’s Unity Day management team, said: “We were shocked when we realised what had happened and immediately had it taken down. We really hope no-one has been conned into parting with their money”.

23 July 2016 .......     Hargun Singh and Mahika Ambolikar tent building at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

23 July 2016 ....... Hargun Singh and Mahika Ambolikar tent building at the annual Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

Amit Roy, one of the original Unity Day team, added: “The idea of charging for Unity Day is against our ethos. We want all Hyde Park residents to enjoy the day.”

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