Fun in the Leeds sun! Check out the reborn Armley festival this weekend

Launch of the Armley Festival, Leeds..Gudrun Shemilt and Glenn Broadbent pictured by the Armley Festival Bannner..4th August 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Launch of the Armley Festival, Leeds..Gudrun Shemilt and Glenn Broadbent pictured by the Armley Festival Bannner..4th August 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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A popular community gala returns to Armley this weekend following a gap of many years, and locals are being urged to turn out in force to make it a summery success.

The first Armley Festival for many years is taking place on Armley Town Street and Armley Moor between midday and 4pm on Saturday, August 6.

The free event will feature 52 different stalls representing an array of local businesses, organisations and charities.

The festival will span Armley Town Street and continue on Armley Moor.

Armley Moor itself will be hosting a funfair, along with interactive displays from the Marines, Royal Navy, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service.

And visitors are being told to expect a “special guest to shine a spotlight on the event”.

Festival organisers Gudrun Shemilt and Glenn Broadbent, from community group All Together Armley, said: “We have been working on a festival idea since before Christmas last year and to see it come together now is absolutely brilliant.

“There has been so much interest in stall bookings that we had to find more room on Armley Town Street to accommodate everyone.

“Local people can’t wait to have such a big event on their doorsteps.”

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves, who is backing the community festival, said: “I’m really looking forward to Armley Festival on Saturday. This is all part of the effort to reinvigorate Armley Town Street as the hub of the community we all know it can be. The people who have worked with All Together Armley over the last 10 months to make this event happen are dedicated to ensuring people in Armley have pride in their town, now it is over to us to be there on Saturday and support the event.”

Ms Reeves urged more volunteers to help the community effort. If you can spare some time on Saturday, contact All Together Armley on atafestivalvolunteers@gmail.com.

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