MORE than 250 children with special needs could play like any other kid thanks to a fun-filled disability play day in Ilkley.

The event, which took place at Nell Bank activity centre, was organised with the help of Bradford Council's Special Inclusion Project, Sovereign Healthcare and Bradford Toy Library.

Children took on an assault course, adventure playground, inflatables, tombola and more - without the queues of a normal play centre.

Councillor Doreen Lee, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, also stopped by for the day, with many families saying "wow" at her natural gift to deal with disabled children.

Emma Fawcett from Bradford Toy Library said many children with special needs are excluded from Summer holiday activities due to long queues and waiting times.

The organiser, who explained how the day helps children "try something they wouldn't ordinarily be able to do", said: "It's giving them equal opportunities and it helps them become healthier and happier. The families really enjoy themselves and that makes us happy."