Leeds dockland ready for spectacular waterfront party

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The rebirth of Clarence Dock will continue this weekend as the Leeds Waterfront Festival drops anchor at the once-troubled site.

Food and drink stalls plus a whole host of family-friendly activities will be on offer at the recently-renamed Leeds Dock tomorrow and Sunday as part of the festival.

The event’s popular dragon boat race will take place at the site tomorrow in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Steeped banking covered with artificial turf has been put in position to provide seating for hundreds of festival-goers.

Live music will be blasting out from a floating stage on Sunday, with proceedings being compered by Kiki deVille from TV’s The Voice.

Lucy Whalley, project co-ordinator for Leeds Dock owner Allied London, said: “We expect there will be a real carnival atmosphere.”

Other venues staging Leeds Waterfront Festival events over the weekend include Granary Wharf and Brewery Wharf as well as the Brasserie Blanc restaurant and Calls Landing-based bar Stew & Oyster. Leeds Minster and Stourton’s Thwaite Mills Watermill are also taking part.

Entertainment at Thwaite Mills will include heritage stalls, free boat trips and the chance to see an operational steam crane.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said she was delighted the attraction would be playing a role in the festival, being held this year for the seventh time.

A free vintage bus service will be running between a number of the event sites over the weekend.

For further information, visit www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com.

The former Clarence Dock’s mix of leisure and retail destinations has struggled to attract visitors since it opened in 2008.

As previously reported by the YEP, Allied London, which bought the site in 2012, is aiming to turn it into one of the UK’s top ‘work and play’ areas.

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