Pics: Nathan Towers and Mike Clark
RAIN didn’t dampen the spirits of hardy festival-goers in Batley on Saturday.
Typical British weather threatened Batley Festival, but volunteers worked hard to make sure it went ahead successfully for an eighth time. The theme was Our Town, Our People with community groups, artists and schools all contributing.
Families from the town and beyond took part in games and activities and enjoyed Bollywood performers The Firm Band Baja.
There were workshops for visitors to try their hand at, including Japanese origami, Bhangra skills and Polish dancing.
The ‘Magnificent Marquee’ sheltered attendees from the drizzle and audiences were entertained by performances from Sarah Taylor Dance Studios, Acorn Theatre School and Batley Community Choir.
The rain cleared up later in the afternoon and crowds increased in the Market Place, which was adorned with artwork from Batley school children. Youngsters from Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery and Lydgate Junior and Infant schools worked with local artist Scarlette Homeshaw to create screen prints of their favourite images of the town which were then sold. Festival chairwoman Kimberley Thirkill said: “I’m so thrilled that the sun came out on time for this year’s Batley Festival.
“The festival is one of the highlights of my year, but it wouldn’t happen without our funders who have shown such faith in this festival and our team of volunteers and supporters.”