Baildon Carnival makes big comeback this weekend

TEA FOR TWO: Baildon Belles, Jill Swift (left) and Sara Mogford, get ready for their 50's style refreshment tent at Baildon Carnival on Saturday

TEA AND CAKES: Baildon Belles, Jill Swift (left) and Sara Mogford, get ready for their 50s style refreshment tent at Baildon Carnival on Saturday

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MUCH-loved Baildon Carnival has been reborn after a lapse last year and will fill the town with fun this Saturday.

Although a mini-gala was held in its place last summer, there were fears the big family event might have vanished for good.

But Baildon Town Council gathered all interested groups together and the community has resurrected the popular event, said its vice-chairman Joe Ashton.

"The carnival's back after a year's absence and while we expected it to build up from a small start, it's grown and taken on a life of its own," Mr Ashton said.

"It's all self-funding and what the town council did was help to get it going again.

"If we hadn't all got round the table and had those discussion it wouldn't have got off the ground.

"All the regular organisations are supporting it and it's really going to be a great event from 2pm to 4pm at Jenny Lane Fields."

"The rugby club have very kindly given us use of its fields and clubhouse and there's loads going on.

"Baildon Runners have organised a 5k fell race which starts from the site and there will be three fields full of activities including a proper funfair, stalls full of local produce and refreshments and a games field where people can try archery, rugby, cricket and football.

"And there is also a prize fancy dress parade for children with the colour yellow as the theme in honour of the Tour de France."

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons will open the carnival where entry is £1 per person.

A sure winner at the event is tipped to be a stylish 1950s refreshment tent run by Baildon Belles WI.

"It will be chic with cakes, buns and sandwiches served on vintage china and flowers on tables covered with floral tablecloths made by us," said leading belle, Sara Mogford.

"And we will all be wearing floral dresses and pinnies in proper '50s fashion.

"Everyone is so relieved Baildon Carnival has come back and hopefully it will now take place every year."

Rugby Club member John Bowdery was busy painting the clubhouse this week in preparation for hundreds of visitors.

"it's great the carnival's back and we were happy to give our fields and venue free of charge.

"There will be the chance to play touch-rugby and football with Baildon Trinity Athletic and there will also be a cricket match taking place between Baildon and Great Horton," said Mr Bowdery.

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