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Keighley festival fun - despite rain
Esme Grantham, left, and Katie Halls, of High Adventure in Cowling, demonstrate the sumo wrestling suits at the Oktoberfest
Folk dancers, live music acts and fairground rides livened up central Keighley as part of the town’s 2013 Oktoberfest celebrations.
The established three-day event is organised by Keighley Town Council and included dozens of stalls in Low Street.
The market was arranged by Bradford Council and ran from last Thursday until Saturday. Goods for sale included food, toys, jewellery, clothes and a wide variety of other gift items.
Stallholders were joined on Saturday by entertainment on Church Green, which included children’s rides, a Punch and Judy Show and performances by The Coconutters – a Lancashire-based Morris dancing group. There was also a marquee hosting several local bands, and an appearance by the town council’s horse-drawn black maria.
Town clerk, Miggy Bailey, said: “It did go quite well, though previously we’ve had better weather. The weather this time round was a bit of a disappointment.
“But despite that, people still turned up, and those that came did enjoy themselves. The black maria always draws a crowd.”
Speaking before Oktoberfest, town council events and leisure committee chairman, Councillor Tony Wright, said occasions such as the Oktoberfest were an important way of increasing footfall in the town centre during what has traditionally been a “flat” trading period.
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