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Wild West fun in Keighley’s Airedale Shopping Centre
7:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Keighley
Children were enthralled by juggling and balancing performances as part of a rootin’ tootin’ good Wild West-type show in Keighley’s Airedale Shopping Centre.
Families enjoyed the fun in the Greggs dining area, thanks to the efforts of a five-strong visiting team of performers from Worcestershire.
Saturday’s entertainment also included music, balloon modelling and Native American-style face painting.
Youngsters could have their photos taken for free in front of a Wild West-themed backdrop, complete with mini teepees.
Elaine Johnson, leader of the Bonkas performance company, said she and her colleagues were making a return visit to Keighley, following a successful Alice in Wonderland show at the Airedale Centre in June.
“We haven’t had as many people as last time, but it’s a sunny day and it’s still gone really well,” she added.
Exley Head resident, Susie Myers, mother of four-year-old Rebecca and seven-year-old Donovan, said: “The kids have loved it.
“The performing sheriff was brilliant – it’s not every day the children get to see something like this in town, so it was well worth coming along.”
There was also line dancing staged by a local group called Owzitstart, which offers regular classes in Eastburn, Glusburn, Otley and Skipton.
The line dancers staged a collection in the shopping centre for the Being Bel Trust.
This was set up by the family of 12-year-old Annabel Young, from Harrogate, who was paralysed after falling from a climbing frame in June 2010.
Airedale Shopping Centre manager, Steve Seymour, said: “We were delighted to arrange this programme of free events and activities, which made Saturday a really special day for everyone concerned.
“There was a terrific atmosphere throughout the day, and I could see adults and children alike with plenty of smiles on their faces, especially as they watched me and others having a go at the line dancing, despite my complete lack of rhythm and timing to the simplest of steps, but I still enjoyed having a go.”
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