2013 Leeds Children’s Day: Thousands join in fun, games and displays

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Thousands of youngsters from across Leeds soaked up the sunshine at the annual Children’s Day.

The free, family-friendly event at Headingley Stadium included dozens of activities, from face painting to football and dog displays to donkey rides.



Youngsters also had the chance to meet Leeds Rhinos players and go behind the scenes at the grounds.

The popular annual event was organised by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund.

Kym Hammond, fundraising manager for Leeds Rugby Foundation, said: “There is a long history of Children’s Day in the city and the aim of the day is to give a really fun experience to families from Leeds and Yorkshire.

“It’s a chance to open up the stadium and enjoy lots of different things.”

She added: “All of the activities are free and there’s a great community atmosphere here.”

The Supreme Starlets Majorettes from Middleton entertained the crowds with performances throughout the day while stars from television soap Emmerdale battled it out in a cricket match in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.

Other highlights included football, rugby, demonstrations from West Yorkshire Police and the region’s fire service.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray, attended the event.

He said: “On such a beautiful, sunny day it was great to see thousands of families out with their children and grandparents.

“Everybody seemed to be having a great time.

“There were all sorts of activities going on and I even had a go at wheelchair rugby with the Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League.

“It was much more difficult and a lot more terrifying than I thought it would be.

“But it was great fun and good to see children who aren’t in wheelchairs have the opportunity to try it as well.”

Councillor Murray took over the role of Lord Mayor of Leeds from councillor Ann Castle last month.

He added: “As Lord Mayor of Leeds, you do see the city from a different perspective.

“You get involved with real events and real people and that is something that I am really enjoying.”

Other activities at the Children’s Day included Eureka workshops, cricket tournaments, archery, tennis, basketball and tchoukball.

For more about the Children’s Day, follow @ChildrensDay13 on Twitter or search for ‘Children’s Day 2013’ on Facebook.

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