A MAJOR new event for Keighley has been hailed as a huge success.

Keighley Carnival was held over the weekend in Victoria Park.

Theme was The Greatest Showman, which organisers say was chosen to promote inclusiveness across the town.

On the Saturday, a parade around the park was led by an animatronic elephant, the band BD1 Brass, Stage Invaders stilt walkers and Charlie's Angels dance school.

And a packed line up of entertainment on stage included the One in a Million Greatest Showman tribute act and performances from Bolt Academy, Hot Aire! concert band, Hit the Lights, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and Nigel Passey.

Attractions on the Sunday included magicians, clowns, Punch and Judy and bubble performers, and children had the chance to learn circus skills.

There was also a funfair provided by Marshalls Amusements, stalls staged by independent businesses, and other attractions.

Event sponsor was BRSK, which said it was "a pleasure" to be a part of it.

The organising committee ­– including former carnival chair, and founder and director of Living Lights charity, Patrick McDonnell; Liz McDonnell; Irena Harrison; Deanne and Darren Church from Marshalls, and Dave McLean – said feedback from the public and those taking part had been hugely positive.

A gala committee that formed prior to the pandemic to help raise funds for Living Lights, which runs a foodbank and outreach service, had reformed to create the carnival.

The event was originally due to be held last year, but was cancelled out of respect following the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II. There were also delays to the plans due to pandemic restrictions.

Mr McDonnell says: "We are so pleased that the event was such a success after years of planning, and that as a committee we were able to bring such positivity to our town.

"It was lovely to see families enjoying themselves. The atmosphere was amazing. I would like to thank everybody involved, and everyone who attended."

Keighley MP Robbie Moore, who opened the carnival, paid tribute.

He says: "A huge 'well done' goes to everyone involved in organising Keighley Carnival, including our brilliant local independent businesses which had stalls and all the volunteers who did a fantastic job.

"It’s events like these that make us all proud of our mighty town."

Keighley Lions were amongst those who supported the event.

Councillor Luke Maunsell, for the club, said: "The carnival was really well organised and had something for all ages and from every background."