Thousands line the streets for Ilkley Carnival with 'Tour of Yorkshire' theme

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Children dressed as Liquerice All Sorts characters take to the streets at Ilkley Carnival Children dressed as Liquerice All Sorts characters take to the streets at Ilkley Carnival

Thousands lined the streets in Ilkley as this year’s carnival got the town in the mood for the ‘Tour of Yorkshire’.

Local schools and groups had been challenged to come up with original costumes and parade entries inspired by the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire this July.

Schoolchildren, air cadets, pipers and a brass band, took part in the parade, which attracted large crowds onto Brook Street and The Grove, making the most of the warm weather.

Children dressed as the Bronte sisters, Vikings and York Minster choristers to pay tribute to Yorkshire’s heritage.

Special guests who travelled on an open-topped bus and made presentations to parade winners included Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain, Deputy Lord Mayor and Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Councillor Mike Gibbons, Keighley MP Kris Hopkins, and Tesco Mum of the Year, Ilkley grandmother Pam Clarke.

The overall carnival parade winner was All Saints Primary School, based on Leeds Road in Ilkley.

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