Pictures: Lindley celebrates its ‘Big Weekend’

Hundreds of people flocked to the annual weekend of community events in Lindley last weekend.
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The award-winning weekend of community events, known as the ‘Big Weekend’, includes the Lindley Carnival and Lindley 10k race.

The festivities kicked off on Friday evening last week with the Lindley Street Party. The event is associated with ‘The Great Get Together’, in memory of Jo Cox.

Attendees were treated to live music and entertainment, as well as stalls serving food and drink. Shoppers were able to browse the independent shops on Lidget Street in a safe and welcoming environment as Lidget Street was closed to traffic.

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of families attended the Lindley Carnival at Fern Lea Recreation Ground, which included a host of activities and entertainment, including rides, games, food stalls and more. Attendees were wowed by the star attraction, the Steve (Showtime) Colley motorbike stunt show, which includes a variety of freestyle tricks, stunts, jumps and drops.

The organisers of the Lindley Carnival, Lindley Community Group, celebrated Armed Forces Day, with money raised being used to support the Huddersfield branch of the Royal Air Forces Association. This year, the organisers also supported the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Rounding off the weekend, the Lindley 10k race took place on Sunday morning, starting and finishing on Lidget Street and attracting hundreds of competitors.

Lindley councillor, Cahal Burke, who helped to organise the event with his ward colleague, Cllr Anthony Smith, said:

“It was an amazing weekend and a massive success! Last year, we had to cancel the Lindley Carnival and Street Party because of the pandemic, so it was fantastic to host these events again.

“I want to thank everyone who was involved in the weekend, including our wonderful volunteers, our sponsors, our stall holders and event participants, our partners, the photographers and everyone who attended! There is a huge amount of work involved behind the scenes to organise these events and without them, the weekend would not be possible.

“I believe that the Big Weekend offers something for everyone. It always creates a huge buzz in the village, showcasing the strong sense of local identity in Lindley and strengthening local connections. It also brings a great boost to our local economy and encourages visitors to recognise that Lindley is home to a rich variety of traders and independent businesses.

“Preparations are already underway for the Big Weekend next year, which will mark the 15th anniversary of the Lindley Carnival and the 10th year of the Lindley 10k race.”

Further information about the Lindley weekend of community events can be found on the Lindley Community Group website at: http://www.lindleygroup.org.uk. Entry is now open for the Lindley 10k next year.

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