Leeds: Revellers have fun in sun as the weekend turns red-hot

Yeadon Carnival.
Yeadon Carnival.
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Mother nature served up a sunshine-filled weekend that helped make community events in Leeds a sizzling success.

Thousands of revellers flocked to Yeadon Carnival and Seacroft Gala on Saturday as temperatures in some parts of Yorkshire hit 27C (80F).

Yeadon Carnival celebrated its 100th anniversary with a whole host of family-friendly activities at the town’s Tarn Park.

Entertainment included performances from the Peace Dance Academy and the RAF Cadets Brass Band as well as fairground rides and baton-twirling.

Coun Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) did the honours for one of the day’s highlights – the crowning of the carnival queen, Westfield Infant School pupil Olivia Brear.

The event’s sponsors were Leeds Bradford Airport, Hunters Estate Agents and B&TS Builders Merchants.

Yeadon Carnival Committee secretary Christine Schofield said: “It was absolutely fantastic, everyone had a marvellous day. The weather helped of course.”

The annual Seacroft Gala, meanwhile, drew an estimated 2,000 people to the area’s village green.

Attractions included BMX biking and stalls as well as free microchipping sessions for dogs courtesy of the Vets4Pets firm.

Seacroft Gala Committee secretary Joanne Curtis told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The day went really well – we were so lucky with the sunshine.

“It was great to see the community coming together. Events like Saturday are what memories are made of.”

The Seacroft Gala Committee comprises representatives of a range of community and residents’ groups.

* Forecasters say the weekend’s heatwave should continue on Monday, with temperatures in Leeds expected to reach 24C (75F).

Further good weather is likely early on Tuesday, although some cloud is expected in the afternoon and there is a possibility of light rain showers in the early evening.

But the really bad news on the horizon for sun worshippers is that Wednesday looks set to be mainly cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 20C (68F).

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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