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Keighley's Oktoberfest will be spared the axe
One of Keighley’s main annual events will go ahead as planned despite fears it might be axed as part of continuing cost-cutting measures.
Keighley residents are invited to get in touch with their continental side next week for the town’s annual three-day Oktoberfest.
This event has been running since 2004 and is organised by Keighley Town Council. Its highlight will again be a three-day street market comprising up to 50 stalls, which will be laid on by Bradford Council in Low Street.
The market will take place from October 10 to 12, and will feature a wide variety of fresh produce.
Town council events committee chairman, Councillor Tony Wright, said he was pleased the district council will be providing the market, after warning earlier this year it might not be able to due to its commitments in Haworth and Bradford city centre.
“The district council always does a good job of supplying the market – it knows what it’s doing,” he said.
“Markets like this one and the Keighley St George’s market do increase footfall, and special events encourage more people to come to the town centre.
“October is traditionally a bit of a flat trading period, as it’s after the school holidays and before the Christmas trade starts to build up. So the idea is to help bring a bit of business and vibrancy into the town during this lull.”
The Oktoberfest will also include live music from three bands, which will be playing at Church Green on the Saturday. Bands booked to perform for next week are Hollow Earth, Brand New Analogues and Sounds of Swami.
There will be a small funfair with children’s rides, also in Church Green, and other lively street entertainment, including a Punch and Judy show.
Coun Wright added: “Once people get to know about the market they do look forward to it, and it becomes a big event in its own right.
“Touch wood, we’ll have some decent weather – we’ve actually been alright with the weather for Oktoberfest in previous years.”