LINDLEY was in the party spirit at the weekend as hundreds enjoyed some carnival fun.
And as families embraced the annual favourite, a new tradition was introduced.
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The weekend also saw the launch of the village’s first-ever charity race.
And one of the organisers of the two events voiced his hopes that both will run side by side for many years to come.
The carnival returned on Saturday for the sixth year running to Fernlea Playing Fields.
The focus of the day is entertainment for the whole family and this year’s event didn’t disappoint.
Music was a big theme, with young performers from Lindley Junior and Infant School Choirs and Lindley Band enjoying the spotlight.
The day was officially opened by Lindley resident Mark Lillis, who is Huddersfield Town Academy manager.
Other attractions included music from local bands, a variety of stalls and a climbing wall, bouncy castles and adventure activities.
The carnival started in 1945, but was only revived in 2008 after a 33 year absence.
Lindley Community Group – made up of representatives from local groups, churches, schools and businesses – organises the event.
Clr Cahal Burke, chair of the group, said: “It was absolutely fantastic – by the far the best one we’ve had.
“We provided something for everyone with hundreds of people out in force.
“We had music from some of the best groups in Kirklees and the weather more than made up for last year.
“We’ve built this up as a local event, word has now got out and people put in it in their diaries as something to look forward to in the last Saturday in June.”
Hundreds of runners pounded the streets yesterday for charity in the first Lindley 10k run.
Starting near to the library on Lidget Street, participants were cheered on as they set off along West Street and then onto Weatherhill Road and Lindley Moor Road.
The throng of racers continued onto New Hey Road and then to Edgerton Grove Road, Edgerton Road and Halifax Road before crossing the finishing line back at the start.
A total of 370 fitness fans joined in with the main race as well as a smaller 2k fun run for children aged between four and 16.
Many raised cash for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which was the race’s official charity.
The winner of the adult race was Matthew Pierson, from Edgerton, who completed the course in 33 minutes and 30 seconds.
Owen Simpson, 10, and his brother Daniel, 12, from Birkby, were also celebrating as they came first and second in the fun run.
Clr Burke said that the race was hugely popular and looked set to become a permanent fixture in future carnival weekends.
He said: “It was an absolutely a success and oversubscribed for both races.
“We had positive feedback from the runners, which was the most important thing.
“Everybody was happy with the course and the way it was organised – they said that they want to do it again next year”.