Get knotted for Farsley Festival record attempt

Life's a beach: Youngsters (From left) Alys Keighley, Florrie Bradley and Isla Keighley are ready for the knotted hankie record bid.
Life's a beach: Youngsters (From left) Alys Keighley, Florrie Bradley and Isla Keighley are ready for the knotted hankie record bid.
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Organisers of festivals, carnivals and galas across west Leeds are busy preparing for what is hoped will be a record-breaking summer.

Visitors to this month’s seaside-themed Farsley Festival are being encouraged to bring along a handkerchief to help create a new Guinness World Record.

The festival will get underway at 1pm on Monday May 25 with an attempt to gather the largest number of people in one place wearing knotted hankies on their heads.

And several tons of sand will be shipped in to create a beach on Town Street, which is set to be transformed into a promenade complete with Punch and Judy shows.

There will be seven stages of music and entertainment along with craft and farmers’ markets and street food stalls.

Ann-Marie Keighley, of Farsley Community Initiative, said: “I am extremely excited about the festival this year. We are bringing the beach to Farsley Town Street, so bring your bucket & spade. Every year the event draws more and more people, we work hard to make sure there is something for everyone and this year will not disappoint.”

Pudsey Carnival will be held on Saturday May 16 with the parade starting at 12pm at Queens Park off Victoria Road. Pudsey grandfather Ken Downing, 70, will tackle a 200-mile static bike ride within six hours during the carnival. Ken is fundraising for the British Heart Foundation after suffering three heart attacks in three nights in September 2010.

It is hoped this year’s Horsforth Gala will attract around 5,000 visitors to Hall Park from 12pm on Saturday June 27. There will be a parade and attractions including a family fairground and bouncy castles.

The 2015 Kirkstall Festival will take place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday July 11 in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey.

Attractions will include a fairground, comedy and music and more than 100 stalls.

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