It’s the people behind the scenes who bring the party to Leeds festivities

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It may have taken one truly grand weekend of organised fun to show the world how good Leeds is at arranging and hosting crowd-pulling events, but those of us living here already know our city can throw a good party.

Saturday and Sunday alone saw Kirkstall Festival, Garforth Arts Festival and the new Oakwell Hall music festival bring thousands of people together, uniting communities and strangers in fun and celebration.

And this Sunday coming will see more of the same when Bramley Carnival takes place. But alongside the merriment, the weekend’s event in Bramley will be touched with a tinge of sadness due to the death in June of carnival chairman and organiser Terence Knapton.

Mr Knapton’s loss will be keenly felt by festival-goers and even more so by the committee and volunteers – the people he worked with to make the event a storming success year in, year out.

And that’s true of all the really successful public events in Leeds - be they monumental like the Grand Depart, or on a much smaller scale like a village fair – it’s the people who volunteer their time and passion that make the festivities go with a bang.

Mr Knapton’s friends and family said he was planning Bramley Festival until the day he died. His legacy will be the passion and belief he instilled in others to carry on with the show.

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