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Classic day at Burley Festival car rally
Two summer festivals offered a packed itinerary of varied events this weekend.
The fifth Burley Summer Festival opened on Friday with a Ceilidh and its busy diary runs until next Saturday across the village.
A scarecrow trail, treasure hunt, open allotments, music and steam rally meant visitors had plenty to do on Saturday.
Today, the cricket ground hosted Burley Classic Car Show with around 250 entries and a food and drink market was held in the Red Lion car park, Main Street.
Music lovers were invited to enjoy afternoon tea as Silsden Town Band played in Grange Park and later young people could enjoy music and mocktails at St Mary’s Parish Centre.
Wharfedale Conservative councillor Jackie Whiteley who lives in the village said: “I’ve noticed the wonderful scarecrows dotted around. There’s some excellent ones, particularly on Sandholme Drive and Menston Old Lane. The attention to detail is amazing.
“People here have really worked hard. There’s lots going on and on the main street, all the buildings have bunting decorating them.”
Events for this week include cup cake decorating, a teddy bears’ picnic, local history walks, meditation, music, dance, a pamper evening and angling.
Ilkley Summer Festival, which runs throughout August, continued with a swing at The Grove for the open-air Dolce Vita Cabaret.
Dominic Halpin and the Honey Bs swing band, plus Five Dollar Shoes and aerial acrobatic performances by Arabesque entertained on Saturday night and ABBA Revival took to the stage for the Family Party, yesterday.
Ilkley Summer Festival chairman, Anne Hawkesworth, said: “The festival started on August 1, Yorkshire Day, and runs until the end of the month. It gets bigger each weekend. This weekend is probably the biggest.”
She said tickets for the weekend’s event had completely sold out.
Meanwhile, in Bradford more than 150 classic and performance cars were on show in City Park across the weekend.
Bradford Classic, on Saturday and Sunday, also had live music, a continental market and children’s activities which attracted thousands of visitors.
Bradford-made Jowetts and Scott Motorcycles which were produced in the early 1900s also featured.
Highlights included Khan Design’s Ferrari 360 Modena, a Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine and a glamorous 1976 Rolls Royce MK1 Silver Shadow.
The event was organised by Bradford Council city centre support officer Haley Torok.
She said: “The turnout’s been amazing for exhibitors and visitors. It’s been absolutely packed from the moment it started. Everybody has said it’s the busiest we’ve seen it in the last few years. We can’t recall having as many cars showing there as we’ve had this time.
“Everybody’s been really enjoying it.”