Floods: Kirkstall Bridge Inn hosts clean-up ‘party’


A flood-hit Kirkstall pub is holding a clean up with a difference tomorrow (Monday).

Kirkstall Bridge Inn managers Steve Holt and John Kelly are encouraging people to bring their wellies and shovels to a special clean-up ‘party’ at the pub, which saw flooding up to six feet deep in parts after the River Aire burst its banks yesterday.

The clean-up will start at 10am, with the aim of starting the big job of tidying the flood-hit pub. The duo said on Facebook that all volunteers will be very welcome:

“It’s one small setback but we’re rockin our deep sea waders and sorting it out, just for you guys. We can’t imagine the festive without The Bridge so we wouldn’t want to put you through it for too long.”

Last month Steve and John were pictured enjoying a pint in their beer garden at Kirkstall Bridge Inn, despite rising flood waters reaching up to their their chests. Press coverage reached as far away as the US.

Kirkstall councillor Lucinda Yeadon, who had to cancel yesterday’s planned floods clean-up in Kirkstall due to the high flood waters, has announced a second event for Monday, with some details to be confirmed.

Volunteers welcome to attend.

There’s also a campaign to help support some of the flood-hit arts groups and businesses on Kirkstall Road – people can sign up to help here.


  1. I am happy to come and help, but I don’t want to turn up and find a lot of people who don’t know what to do: can you give me some confidence that somebody is taking charge?

    • Thanks for your comment Dan – I think it’ll be reasonably well organised by the pub managers, and I know the local councillors are supporting as well. I’ll leave it to the folks at the pub to add anything further if they wish …


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