Lord Mayor gets into a spin at Valentine’s Fair

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, officially opens the Valentine's Fair
Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, officially opens the Valentine's Fair
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The Lord Mayor of Leeds enjoyed a dizzying delight at the city’s annual Valentine’s Fair.

Lord Mayor, councillor Tom Murray, officially opened the extravaganza at Elland Road yesterday.

Thousands of thrill seekers are expected to flock to the fair, next to Leeds United’s ground, to whirl on the waltzers and a ride on the rollercoasters.

Brave May Alkhaja, 23, who studies in Leeds is a regular visitor to the fair.

She said: “I decided to come because I have been here since 2009 and every time I come I like it.

“I love the bungee ride and I like all of the games.”

Jackie Mannion, 46, braved the chilly temperatures with her disabled son Karlin, 17, at the opening yesterday.

The pair, who live in Morley, are regulars and visit the fair every single year.

Jackie said: “We come here every year and Karlin loves it.

“We tend to visit during the day instead of the evening.

“Karlin loves going on the Caterpillar ride.”

Hannah Betteridge, 19, who was originally from Cross Gates, Leeds, is a traveller with the fair but she said the city has a special place in her heart.

She added: “The reaction is great and I like coming back home to Leeds.

“It has a special place in my heart.”

New to the fair this year is the Moondancer ride – the only such ride in the UK which has been imported just a few weeks before the fair from France.

This year’s chosen charity, which the fair will be supporting, is Boston Spa-based Martin House Hospice which cares for children and young people with life limiting illnesses.

Roger Tuby of International Fun Fairs added: “We now have some of the finest rides,stalls and entertainment in the country here in Leeds and I’d like to thank the council once again for making this possible.”

l The Valentine’s Fair runs until February 23. For more information, visit www.valentinesfair.co.uk

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