Organisers of a free annual community festival in Leeds are warning people to be wary of an online scam selling tickets for the event.
Hyde Park Unity Day, held once a year on Woodhouse Moor, returns tomorrow (July 22).
It was originally started to show community harmony and cohesion following riots in 1995 which hit the national headlines.
The all-day event features local music and artists, community and charity stalls, a dog show, alcohol-free healing, children’s and gardening areas, a multi-faith tent, the Memory Lane tent for older people and much more – all free. Food for sale is provided by local businesses.
Organisers say a scam has come to light involving a person based in Belfast offering tickets for sale via Skidole, a ticket sales website. An earlier scam was on Eventbrite.
Kyle Smith, chair of this year’s Unity Day management team, said: “We were shocked when we realised what had happened and immediately had it taken down. We really hope no-one has been conned into parting with their money”.
Amit Roy, one of the original Unity Day team, added: “The idea of charging for Unity Day is against our ethos. We want all Hyde Park residents to enjoy the day.”