Comment: Time to salute those Pudsey Carnival heroes


Pudsey Carnival drew the crowds again this year.

Thousands lined the streets for the popular parade on Saturday, which was the subject of a successful community fundraising appeal after police pulled out of managing the traffic. And thousands more were at Queens Park for entertainment, a dog show, stalls and fun fair.

The most amazing thing is that the carnival is run entirely by volunteers – dedicated, hardworking and inspirational people who band together to help plan and ensure it goes with a bang each year. These events don’t ‘just happen’.

These events are so important – they bring local communities together, help maintain a sense of local identity and foster pride in the community. They bring us all together to celebrate the best of where we live.

You can bet the kids in Saturday’s parade will remember that day for the rest of their lives. They’ll have played their part in another chapter of Pudsey’s rich history.

Just like the volunteers at Kirkstall Festival, the forthcoming Armley Festival, the guys at Pudsey Carnival put in a lot of their own time and get little recognition.

So to the people who het up and do great stuff by giving up their time to run these festivals, we want to say THANK YOU. And keep up the great work…


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