The popular annual Armley Fun Day has been cancelled due to a shortfall in funding and lack of volunteers.
The popular event, which regularly drew up to 4,000 people each year and featured stalls from different community organisations and charities, had been run for at least the past 15 years by local group Armley Common Right Trust.
But ACRT member Hazel Boutle told a meeting of Armley Forum last night that a lack of money – and able bodied volunteers – had scuppered this year’s event. She added:
“We asked for younger people to help out but no-one came forward. If people want to come forward for next year’s event they are more than welcome to do so – we can help them out.
“It’s been a hard decision but one we’ve had to take.”
Armley Forum chair, Armley councillor Jim McKenna, said local councillors would help to identify funding. He added:
“If you have any ideas or want to help, I’d urge people to come forward.”
The forum meeting, held in Armley Library, also heard that the Breeze on Tour event, which is aimed at younger people, would be returning to Armley this year, probably in August.
If you can help Armley Fun Day 2016, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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