Last Sunday saw the pinnacle of the community calendar in Guiseley. The weather didn’t bode well but by lunchtime the sun was out and a blustery but dry afternoon greeted the hundreds of excited school children and parents, local sports groups, vintage vehicles, guides and scouts waiting along Station Road to begin the parade.
The theme this year was the Olympics and the Jubilee and people really went to town on the costumes. It was wonderful to walk through the car free streets past the cheering crowds dressed as Kings and Queens, athletes, horse riders and runners complete with medals and torches. How different the town would be if the streets were traffic free all the time!
Once the parade had wended its way along the Otley Road and back along The Green towards Guiseley Infant School the multitude found their way into the school grounds where a variety of stalls, games, fairground rides, live music and dancing was awaiting them.
Friends of Parkinson’s Park had a stall too and we were pleased with the level of support and interest we had in the park. Many people approached the stall to find out where the park was and what the plans were for the future. The pick a straw game and crochet chicks proved very popular with the children too. We signed up a number of new friends and gave out information about the park to local Guiseley people.
Cllr Pat Latty and Stuart Andrew MP were also at the Carnival and gave us their support. Thank you to Guiseley Senior Citizens for letting us have a stall at the Carnival. Overall it felt like a great day for our town and our community