THERE was fun on land and water across the Aire Valley this weekend.

Chart group Goldie Lookin Chain were among headliners at the Aire Do two-day music festival and local bands took to the stage at a local gig and Yorkshire Day celebration in Crossflatts.

Dance music group The Freestylers and K-Klass shared the top billing during the first day of the open-air event in Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Park.

And yesterday's line-up featured bands such as New 2, The Dirty Gentlemen, Alley Gator and Slyde, along with fairground rides.

The eclectic 'boutique festival', in Cliffe Castle Park, also featured local talent.

Organisers say visitors to the weekend extravaganza were slightly down on last year, due largely to the weather - but despite the lower turnout, the team was pleased with how things went.

"I think the rain did deter some people from coming along – especially on Saturday when a flash flood nearly washed out a marquee – but we had a good lively crowd and the bands were fantastic," said Coun Tony Wright, chairman of Keighley Town Council's events and leisure committee.

"Poor weather does have a negative impact on events such as this but everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves.

"We try to make the festival as 'family friendly' as possible and that's reflected in the number of children who come along.

"We started with a single afternoon event about a decade ago and it's just grown and grown."

Keighley Town Council heads up the organising of the festival, but several organisations are involved including Beat Herder, the Musicians Centre and Jam on Top.

There was more fun to be had at the Airedale Boat Club in Crossflatts, Bingley, where a Yorkshire Day-themed open day was held on Saturday.

Attractions included canal crafts, rope and fender making, boat trips and performances by the James Farrell Concert Band.

In the evening, the boat club hosted music festival 'Woodstack', which showcased local musical talent such as The Affliction, Red Letter Days, covers band Voodoo Soup and rock 'n' roll act Birds of Prey.


The club's social membership secretary, Anita Dutton, said the rain hadn't deterred the crowds.

She said: "It was nice because we met a lot of people who are neighbours of the boat club, and locals.

"They would see across the bridge sometimes, and see the boats and the people, but didn't quite know what was going on.

"That's why it was so nice to have an open day."