2014 Kirkstall Festival proves day to remember for thousands

MORRIS MANIA: Sue Ditchfield, Katie Baldwinson and Mary-Nell Murphy of Briggate Women's Morris based in Horsforth, perform at Kirkstall Festival. PIC: Tony Johnson
MORRIS MANIA: Sue Ditchfield, Katie Baldwinson and Mary-Nell Murphy of Briggate Women's Morris based in Horsforth, perform at Kirkstall Festival. PIC: Tony Johnson
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SUMMERTIME festival fun was the name of the game for families across West Yorkshire this weekend.

An estimated 25,000 people turned out for the annual Kirkstall Festival alone when it was held at Leeds’s Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday.

Attractions included a fairground, more than 100 stalls, eight performance areas and a children’s parade featuring 600 pupils from local schools.

Festival vice-chairman Ken Stratford told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was a really good turnout, about 5,000 up on last year. The support we have is amazing – I think you can say we are going from strength to strength!”

Kirkstall Festival is one of the largest non-commercial community festivals in the country and its smooth running on Saturday involved around 140 volunteers.

More than 3,000 music fans flocked to Birstall for the first Oakwell Festival, also held on Saturday.

Former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss and X Factor star Lucy Spraggan were among the acts performing at the event, which took place in the grounds of Oakwell Hall.

Lead organiser Paul Fisher said: “It was a fantastic day – everything went even better than we had hoped.”

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