Sporting stars teamed up to kick off the countdown to one of the annual highlights of summer in Leeds.
Leeds Rhinos players Danny McGuire and Carl Ablett turned out with Yorkshire County Cricket Club bowler Josh Shaw at Headingley Carnegie Stadium yesterday to help promote 2015’s Children’s Day event.
Thousands of kids are expected to flock to Headingley for the free celebration, which is being held this year on Sunday, July 19.
They will be able to take part in a whole host of rugby, cricket and football activities while other entertainment will include face-painting, bouncy castles and attractions hosted by organisations such as Leeds’s Royal Armouries museum.
The event is being staged by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation with support from the Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.
Rhinos favourite Danny said: “It’s brilliant to see the Leeds Rhinos host and support a free event for the people of Leeds every year like Children’s Day.
“Each year we see people from all backgrounds and areas of the city along with all the local businesses and organisations joining in to provide such a fun and memorable event for so many people.
“The event seems to get bigger every year and it’s a pleasure to come down and support it and I’ll certainly be there in July to enjoy the day with hopefully another big crowd.”
Leeds Rhinos Foundation community manager Jonny Wainhouse said: “Not only is Headingley Carnegie a special stadium that incorporates three sports teams, but it is also a place of real significance to the Leeds community and it is the perfect venue for an event like this that brings everyone together.
“We get some very young children here with their parents, who will remember this day for years to come.”
The original home of Children’s Day was Roundhay Park, with the event being held there from 1922 to 1963.
It was relaunched in 2008 thanks to the efforts of the family and friends of the late Garry Chappelow.
Leeds Rhinos fan Garry, who was 59 when he died after being hit by a car in 2002, regularly attended Children’s Day at Roundhay Park.
Headingley Carnegie Stadium’s gates will open for this year’s Children’s Day at 10.30am and close at 4pm.