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Saltaire sizzles in the sunshine for fun festival
Springbok burgers and fresh baked macaroons jostled for attention in the packed streets of Saltaire at its annual festival.
Exhibition Road hosted a taste-busting array of hot and cold food stalls offering everything from Polish Bigos stew at the top end down to meatballs and paella beside Caroline Street.
Thousands of visitors enjoyed gentle saunters while trying tasty free samples before deciding where to lunch. And Sunday’s surprise blazing sunshine meant it was not just the burgers that sizzled beside Salts Mill.
In between the gorgeous grub were stalls sky high with hats and caps or sparkling with unique jewellery. Even those desperate for an American Indian dream-catcher or windchime were catered for.
Sunshine broke through mid-morning on Saturday and it became so warm in the vintage clothes show in Victoria Hall that some browsers even used antique hand fans to cool down.
Fashion student Annabel Smith, up from London to visit her family in Baildon, said she was amazed by the quality and low prices of clothes and memorabilia.
“It’s just so full of beautiful bargains,” she said.
Outside in the hall’s gardens the timeless challenge of The Mighty Striker sideshow drew crowds of young and old – eager to see if they could ring a bell by whacking a pin with a hammer.
Little Kitty Croasdale from Harden bravely wielded the rubber mallet, with a little help from uniformed impressario Uncle Tacko, while her mum Juliette looked on proudly.
And she was followed by countless lads and dads all keen to hear the clang of success. Nearby, hula-hoop virtuoso Pete White also drew crowds with deceptive tricks using the simplest of toys.
Natural garden wonders competed for trophies at the West Yorkshire Organic Group’s annual show inside Shipley College. Judged completely on taste alone, neat rows of fruit and veg were perused by experts including Bingley tomato king Terry Marshall, 80.
Lifelong tomato lover Mr Marshall grew them from boyhood and then professionally and has written several books and lectured on his favourite subject. He won the local organic show when it first began 24 years ago and every year has a stall heaving with bowls of tomato rarities.
Crowds strolled down Victoria Road, stopping at more stalls full with ceramics and art work and then on to Roberts Park where the end-of-festival funfair was in full swing.
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