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Thousands expected at Positive Bradford Day
9:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Sunny spells forecast for tomorrow are casting their magic on Positive Bradford Day organisers, who are getting ready to welcome thousands of people to the city.
More than 20,000 visitors are expected to make their way to City Park to celebrate all that is great about Bradford.
Despite rain and strong winds failing to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who turned out to last year’s event in June, organisers were not going to take any chances this time – and checked the weather forecast for the last 20 years before delaying the big day until this month instead.
Jane Vincent, who set up Positive Bradford in 2011, said: “We’ve been checking the weather every day for the past four weeks and it’s going to be sunny.Fingers, knees, toes crossed!
“We’ve got everything from rasta bands to Polish opera singers, free food, free haircuts, loads of entertainment, a Blue Peter presenter – there’s no excuse not to come down!
“Everyone involved – all the big businesses, the college, the university and all the others have been spreading the word so it’s reached masses of people, and because it’s a Saturday they’ll all be bringing their families. It’s going to be a fantastic, positive day for Bradford.”
Ju jitsu demonstrations, the Kushite Kings, dance troupes, bands and opera singer Rob Dziekanski will be up on stage as well as cheerleading squad Panache 2014.
Other attractions will include pop-up theatre, Mind the Gap, the Bradford Dragon Hunt, arts and crafts and Punjabi arts classes in DJing, drumming and dance.
The stages are full to capacity and the stalls are all confirmed for the free event between 11am and 6pm, said Miss Vincent.
There will also be the chance to get hands-on in lantern-making, partake in chilli-tasting, enter competitions and take up the chance to find out more about some of the district’s best-known organisations from the National Media Museum to the Peace Museum and Incommunities among others.
Representatives of the Hale project, British Red Cross, Abigail Housing, Bradford Action Refugees and the City of Sanctuary will also be there.
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